FAIRY TALES By The Brothers Grimm

PREPARER'S NOTE The text is based on translations from the Grimms' Kinder und Hausmarchen by Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes.




THE GOLDEN BIRD A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, and about the time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. The king became very angry at this, and ordered the gardener to keep watch all night under the tree. The gardener set his eldest son to watch; but about twelve o'clock he fell asleep, and in the morning another of the apples was missing. Then the second son was ordered to watch; and at midnight he too fell asleep, and in the morning another apple was gone. Then the third son offered to keep watch; but

the gardener at first would not let him, for fear some harm should come to him: however, at last he consented, and the young man laid himself under the tree to watch. As the clock struck twelve he heard a rustling noise in the air, and a bird came flying that was of pure gold; and as it was snapping at one of the apples with its beak, the gardener's son jumped up and shot an arrow at it. But the arrow did the bird no harm; only it dropped a golden feather from its tail, and then flew away. The golden feather was brought to the king in the morning, and all the council was called together. Everyone agreed that it was worth more than all the wealth of the kingdom: but the king said, 'One feather is of no use to me, I must have the whole bird.' Then the gardener's eldest son set out and thought to find the golden bird very easily; and when he had gone but a little way, he came to a wood, and by the side of the wood he saw a fox sitting; so he took his bow and made ready to shoot at it. Then the fox said, 'Do not shoot me, for I will give you good counsel; I know what your business is, and that you want to find the golden bird. You will reach a village in the evening; and when you get there, you will see two inns opposite to each other, one of which is very pleasant and beautiful to look at: go not in there, but rest for the night in the other, though it may appear to you to be very poor and mean.' But the son thought to himself, 'What can such a beast as this know about the matter?' So he shot his arrow at the fox; but he missed it, and it set up its tail above its back and ran into the wood. Then he went his way, and in the evening came to the village where the two inns were; and in one of these were people singing, and dancing, and feasting; but the other looked very dirty, and poor. 'I should be very silly,' said he, 'if I went to that shabby house, and left this charming place'; so he went into the smart house, and ate and drank at his ease, and forgot the bird, and his country too. Time passed on; and as the eldest son did not come back, and no tidings were heard of him, the second son set out, and the same thing happened to him. He met the fox, who gave him the good advice: but when he came to the two inns, his eldest brother was standing at the window where the merrymaking was, and called to him to come in; and he could not withstand the temptation, but went in, and forgot the golden bird and his country in the same manner. Time passed on again, and the youngest son too wished to set out into the wide world to seek for the golden bird; but his father would not listen to it for a long while, for he was very fond of his son, and was afraid that some ill luck might happen to him also, and prevent his coming back. However, at last it was agreed he should go, for he would not rest at home; and as he came to the wood, he met the fox, and heard the same good counsel. But he was thankful to the fox, and did not

attempt his life as his brothers had done; so the fox said, 'Sit upon my tail, and you will travel faster.' So he sat down, and the fox began to run, and away they went over stock and stone so quick that their hair whistled in the wind. When they came to the village, the son followed the fox's counsel, and without looking about him went to the shabby inn and rested there all night at his ease. In the morning came the fox again and met him as he was beginning his journey, and said, 'Go straight forward, till you come to a castle, before which lie a whole troop of soldiers fast asleep and snoring: take no notice of them, but go into the castle and pass on and on till you come to a room, where the golden bird sits in a wooden cage; close by it stands a beautiful golden cage; but do not try to take the bird out of the shabby cage and put it into the handsome one, otherwise you will repent it.' Then the fox stretched out his tail again, and the young man sat himself down, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind. Before the castle gate all was as the fox had said: so the son went in and found the chamber where the golden bird hung in a wooden cage, and below stood the golden cage, and the three golden apples that had been lost were lying close by it. Then thought he to himself, 'It will be a very droll thing to bring away such a fine bird in this shabby cage'; so he opened the door and took hold of it and put it into the golden cage. But the bird set up such a loud scream that all the soldiers awoke, and they took him prisoner and carried him before the king. The next morning the court sat to judge him; and when all was heard, it sentenced him to die, unless he should bring the king the golden horse which could run as swiftly as the wind; and if he did this, he was to have the golden bird given him for his own. So he set out once more on his journey, sighing, and in great despair, when on a sudden his friend the fox met him, and said, 'You see now what has happened on account of your not listening to my counsel. I will still, however, tell you how to find the golden horse, if you will do as I bid you. You must go straight on till you come to the castle where the horse stands in his stall: by his side will lie the groom fast asleep and snoring: take away the horse quietly, but be sure to put the old leathern saddle upon him, and not the golden one that is close by it.' Then the son sat down on the fox's tail, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind. All went right, and the groom lay snoring with his hand upon the golden saddle. But when the son looked at the horse, he thought it a great pity to put the leathern saddle upon it. 'I will give him the good one,' said he; 'I am sure he deserves it.' As he took up the golden saddle the

groom awoke and cried out so loud, that all the guards ran in and took him prisoner, and in the morning he was again brought before the court to be judged, and was sentenced to die. But it was agreed, that, if he could bring thither the beautiful princess, he should live, and have the bird and the horse given him for his own. Then he went his way very sorrowful; but the old fox came and said, 'Why did not you listen to me? If you had, you would have carried away both the bird and the horse; yet will I once more give you counsel. Go straight on, and in the evening you will arrive at a castle. At twelve o'clock at night the princess goes to the bathing-house: go up to her and give her a kiss, and she will let you lead her away; but take care you do not suffer her to go and take leave of her father and mother.' Then the fox stretched out his tail, and so away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled again. As they came to the castle, all was as the fox had said, and at twelve o'clock the young man met the princess going to the bath and gave her the kiss, and she agreed to run away with him, but begged with many tears that he would let her take leave of her father. At first he refused, but she wept still more and more, and fell at his feet, till at last he consented; but the moment she came to her father's house the guards awoke and he was taken prisoner again. Then he was brought before the king, and the king said, 'You shall never have my daughter unless in eight days you dig away the hill that stops the view from my window.' Now this hill was so big that the whole world could not take it away: and when he had worked for seven days, and had done very little, the fox came and said. 'Lie down and go to sleep; I will work for you.' And in the morning he awoke and the hill was gone; so he went merrily to the king, and told him that now that it was removed he must give him the princess. Then the king was obliged to keep his word, and away went the young man and the princess; and the fox came and said to him, 'We will have all three, the princess, the horse, and the bird.' 'Ah!' said the young man, 'that would be a great thing, but how can you contrive it?' 'If you will only listen,' said the fox, 'it can be done. When you come to the king, and he asks for the beautiful princess, you must say, "Here she is!" Then he will be very joyful; and you will mount the golden horse that they are to give you, and put out your hand to take leave of them; but shake hands with the princess last. Then lift her quickly on to the horse behind you; clap your spurs to his side, and gallop away as fast as you can.'

All went right: then the fox said, 'When you come to the castle where the bird is, I will stay with the princess at the door, and you will ride in and speak to the king; and when he sees that it is the right horse, he will bring out the bird; but you must sit still, and say that you want to look at it, to see whether it is the true golden bird; and when you get it into your hand, ride away.' This, too, happened as the fox said; they carried off the bird, the princess mounted again, and they rode on to a great wood. Then the fox came, and said, 'Pray kill me, and cut off my head and my feet.' But the young man refused to do it: so the fox said, 'I will at any rate give you good counsel: beware of two things; ransom no one from the gallows, and sit down by the side of no river.' Then away he went. 'Well,' thought the young man, 'it is no hard matter to keep that advice.' He rode on with the princess, till at last he came to the village where he had left his two brothers. And there he heard a great noise and uproar; and when he asked what was the matter, the people said, 'Two men are going to be hanged.' As he came nearer, he saw that the two men were his brothers, who had turned robbers; so he said, 'Cannot they in any way be saved?' But the people said 'No,' unless he would bestow all his money upon the rascals and buy their liberty. Then he did not stay to think about the matter, but paid what was asked, and his brothers were given up, and went on with him towards their home. And as they came to the wood where the fox first met them, it was so cool and pleasant that the two brothers said, 'Let us sit down by the side of the river, and rest a while, to eat and drink.' So he said, 'Yes,' and forgot the fox's counsel, and sat down on the side of the river; and while he suspected nothing, they came behind, and threw him down the bank, and took the princess, the horse, and the bird, and went home to the king their master, and said. 'All this have we won by our labour.' Then there was great rejoicing made; but the horse would not eat, the bird would not sing, and the princess wept. The youngest son fell to the bottom of the river's bed: luckily it was nearly dry, but his bones were almost broken, and the bank was so steep that he could find no way to get out. Then the old fox came once more, and scolded him for not following his advice; otherwise no evil would have befallen him: 'Yet,' said he, 'I cannot leave you here, so lay hold of my tail and hold fast.' Then he pulled him out of the river, and said to him, as he got upon the bank, 'Your brothers have set watch to kill you, if they find you in the kingdom.' So he dressed himself as a poor man, and came secretly to the king's court, and was scarcely within the doors when the horse began to eat, and the bird to sing, and princess left off weeping. Then he went to the king, and told him all his

brothers' roguery; and they were seized and punished, and he had the princess given to him again; and after the king's death he was heir to his kingdom. A long while after, he went to walk one day in the wood, and the old fox met him, and besought him with tears in his eyes to kill him, and cut off his head and feet. And at last he did so, and in a moment the fox was changed into a man, and turned out to be the brother of the princess, who had been lost a great many many years.

HANS IN LUCK Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right--all that falls to them is so much gain--all their geese are swans--all their cards are trumps--toss them which way you will, they will always, like poor puss, alight upon their legs, and only move on so much the faster. The world may very likely not always think of them as they think of themselves, but what care they for the world? what can it know about the matter? One of these lucky beings was neighbour Hans. Seven long years he had worked hard for his master. At last he said, 'Master, my time is up; I must go home and see my poor mother once more: so pray pay me my wages and let me go.' And the master said, 'You have been a faithful and good servant, Hans, so your pay shall be handsome.' Then he gave him a lump of silver as big as his head. Hans took out his pocket-handkerchief, put the piece of silver into it, threw it over his shoulder, and jogged off on his road homewards. As he went lazily on, dragging one foot after another, a man came in sight, trotting gaily along on a capital horse. 'Ah!' said Hans aloud, 'what a fine thing it is to ride on horseback! There he sits as easy and happy as if he was at home, in the chair by his fireside; he trips against no stones, saves shoe-leather, and gets on he hardly knows how.' Hans did not speak so softly but the horseman heard it all, and said, 'Well, friend, why do you go on foot then?' 'Ah!' said he, 'I have this load to carry: to be sure it is silver, but it is so heavy that I can't hold up my head, and you must know it hurts my shoulder sadly.' 'What do you say of making an exchange?' said the horseman. 'I will give you my horse, and you shall give me the silver; which will save you a great deal of trouble in carrying such a heavy load about with you.' 'With all my heart,' said Hans: 'but as you are so kind to me, I must tell you one thing--you will have a weary task to draw that silver about with you.'

eat my butter and cheese with it. so he smacked his lips and cried 'Jip!' Away went the horse full gallop. and thought his bargain a very lucky one. squared his elbows. What would I give to have such a prize!' 'Well. turned out his toes. rested a while. and have milk. merrily. helped Hans up. and lay on his back by the road-side. But the heat grew greater as soon as noon came on. and before Hans knew what he was about. 'When you want to go very fast. whenever I like. had not stopped it. driving a cow. and gave away his last penny for a glass of beer. into the bargain. and rode merrily off. sadly vexed. butter. I can. 'If I have only a piece of bread (and I certainly shall always be able to get that). His horse would have ran off. even though I lose by it myself. 'This riding is no joke.' 'Done!' said Hans. Sing neigh down derry!' After a time he thought he should like to go a little faster. took the silver. and got upon his legs again. and said to the shepherd. When he had rested himself he set off again. and when I am thirsty I can milk my cow and drink the milk: and what can I wish for more?' When he came to an inn. smells not very like a nosegay. 'No care and no sorrow. I'm off now once for all: I like your cow now a great deal better than this smart beast that played me this trick. by the by. wiped his face and hands. drew himself up. when a man has the luck to get upon a beast like this that stumbles and flings him off as if it would break his neck. he began to be so hot and parched that his tongue clave to the roof of his mouth. I will change my cow for your horse. the horseman got off. and said. and then drove off his cow quietly. smack your lips loudly together. One can walk along at one's leisure behind that cow--keep good company. which. and has spoiled my best coat. till at last. However. 'What a noble heart that good man has!' thought he. you see. and away he rode. and cheese. Then the shepherd jumped upon the horse. ate up all his bread. driving his cow towards his mother's village. Hans brushed his coat. A fig for the morrow! We'll laugh and be merry. as he found himself on a wide heath that would take him more than an hour to cross. 'if you are so fond of her.' thought . every day.However. I like to do good to my neighbours. and another singing. in this puddle. he was thrown off. Hans soon came to himself.' said the shepherd. wished Hans and the cow good morning. cracked his whip. gave him the bridle into one hand and the whip into the other. and cry "Jip!"' Hans was delighted as he sat on the horse. if a shepherd who was coming by. he halted. 'I can find a cure for this. one minute whistling a merry tune.

and there he lay a long while senseless. Then the butcher gave him a flask of ale. so I can't help doing you a kind turn.' 'Well. and all seemed now to go right with him: he had met with some misfortunes. as he weighed it in his hand. it has lived so well!' 'You're right. 'who would have thought it? What a shame to take my horse. Hans told him what had happened. and shook his head. my man?' said the butcher. which was to bring him milk and butter and cheese. In the village I just came from. neighbourly thing. Who would have thought that this cow.' Meantime the countryman began to look grave. 'now I will milk my cow and quench my thirst': so he tied her to the stump of a tree. 'Hark ye!' said he. as he gave the butcher the cow. I was . and taking the pig off the wheel-barrow. 'There. my pig is no trifle. the uneasy beast began to think him very troublesome. and yet it is only eight weeks old. and Hans told him all his luck. but not a drop was to be had. 'my worthy friend.' said he. and managing the matter very clumsily. and held his leathern cap to milk into. your cow will give you no milk: don't you see she is an old beast. it is not tender enough for me. 'but if you talk of fat. Luckily a butcher soon came by. you seem a good sort of fellow. 'I don't like to say no. alas!' said Hans. How could it be otherwise with such a travelling companion as he had at last got? The next man he met was a countryman carrying a fine white goose. and give you my fine fat pig for the cow. While he was trying his luck in milking. good for nothing but the slaughter-house?' 'Alas. as he helped him up.he. the squire has had a pig stolen out of his sty.' said Hans. but found the cow was dry too. driving a pig in a wheelbarrow. when one is asked to do a kind. how he was dry. drink and refresh yourself. this led to further chat. what will she be good for? I hate cow-beef. and give me only a dry cow! If I kill her. The countryman stopped to ask what was o'clock. and said he was going to take the goose to a christening. but he was now well repaid for all. saying. and at last gave him such a kick on the head as knocked him down. To please you I will change. Whoever roasts and eats it will find plenty of fat upon it. to be sure. If it were a pig now--like that fat gentleman you are driving along at his ease--one could do something with it. drove it away. it would at any rate make sausages. and wanted to milk his cow. how he had so many good bargains. 'Feel. So on he jogged. Your pig may get you into a scrape. The countryman than began to tell his tale. was all that time utterly dry? Hans had not thought of looking to that. 'What is the matter with you. holding it by the string that was tied to its leg. 'how heavy it is.' said the butcher. and how all the world went gay and smiling with him.' 'Heaven reward you for your kindness and self-denial!' said Hans.

' said the countryman. I have much the best of the bargain. you must turn grinder like myself. master grinder! you seem so happy at your work. I will not be hard upon you. so merry as I?' Hans stood looking on for a while.' 'And where did you get the pig?' 'I gave a cow for it. take my pig and give me the goose. and drove off the pig by a side path. 'After all. while Hans went on the way homewards free from care. The least they will do will be to throw you into the horse-pond. If you have. 'that chap is pretty well taken in. as you are in trouble.dreadfully afraid when I saw you that you had got the squire's pig. and then I am sure I shall sleep soundly without rocking. I will put them into my pillow. I know nothing of where the pig was either bred or born. your fortune would be made. and they catch you. I don't care whose pig it is. 'mine is a golden trade. 'pray get me out of this scrape.' 'You have thriven well in the world hitherto. 'I should be the happiest man in the world. he saw a scissor-grinder with his wheel. but wherever it came from it has been a very good friend to me. Can you swim?' Poor Hans was sadly frightened. First there will be a capital roast. 'O'er hill and o'er dale So happy I roam.' said the other.' 'And the horse?' 'I gave a lump of silver as big as my head for it. 'give a fat goose for a pig. How happy my mother will be! Talk of a pig. Here is one that is but little the worse for wear: I would not ask more than the value of your goose for it--will you buy?' 'How can you ask?' said Hans. 'You must be well off. working and singing. if I could have money . then the fat will find me in goose-grease for six months.' thought he.' cried he. and then there are all the beautiful white feathers. the rest will come of itself.' Then he took the string in his hand. but he may have been the squire's for aught I can tell: you know this country better than I do.' 'Very true: but how is that to be managed?' 'How? Why. indeed! 'Tis not everyone would do so much for you as that. Then who so blythe. 'you only want a grindstone. and at last said.' 'And the cow?' 'I gave a horse for it. All the world is my home.' 'Yes. 'Good man.' 'And the silver?' 'Oh! I worked hard for that seven long years. However.' said the grinder. 'now if you could find money in your pocket whenever you put your hand in it.' said the other. it will be a bad job for you. indeed! Give me a fine fat goose. I gave a pig for it.' As he came to the next village. Work light and live well. a good grinder never puts his hand into his pocket without finding money in it--but where did you get that beautiful goose?' 'I did not buy it.' 'I ought to have something into the bargain.

he became quite fixed. JORINDA AND JORINDEL There was once an old castle. and the fairy put her into a cage. and again fell upon his knees and thanked Heaven. they seem really to think I do them a favour in letting them make me rich. 'this is a most capital stone. free from all his troubles. pushed it a little. he forgot it. Now this fairy could take any shape she pleased. or crept about the country like a cat. All the day long she flew about in the form of an owl. plump into the stream. everything I could want or wish for comes of itself. When any young man came within a hundred paces of her castle. do but work it well enough. that stood in the middle of a deep gloomy wood.whenever I put my hand in my pocket: what could I want more? there's the goose. 'Surely I must have been born in a lucky hour.' Hans took the stone. and in the castle lived an old fairy. and he said to himself. and giving me good bargains.' said the grinder. for he had given away his last penny in his joy at getting the cow. and went his way with a light heart: his eyes sparkled for joy. then sprang up and danced for joy. 'nobody was ever so lucky as I. and you can make an old nail cut with it. People are so kind.' 'Now. and could not move a step till she came and set him free. for its kindness in taking away his only plague. So he laid the stone carefully by his side on the bank: but. with tears in his eyes. as he gave him a common rough stone that lay by his side. and down it rolled. but at night she always became an old woman again. There were seven hundred of these cages hanging in the castle. and told her how very easy the road to good luck was.' Meantime he began to be tired. and rest a while. and hung her up in a chamber in the castle. At last he could go no farther. as he stooped down to drink. that he might take a drink of water. and hungry too.' Then up he got with a light heart. For a while he watched it sinking in the deep clear water. for the stone tired him sadly: and he dragged himself to the side of a river. 'How happy am I!' cried he. and all with . which she would not do till he had given her his word never to come there again: but when any pretty maiden came within that space she was changed into a bird. and walked on till he reached his mother's house. the ugly heavy stone.

She mumbled something to herself. Now there was once a maiden whose name was Jorinda. they knew not why. Then he shrank for fear. At last the fairy came back and sang with a hoarse . The sun was setting fast. Jorinda was just singing. 'The ring-dove sang from the willow spray. seized the nightingale. he could not move from the spot where he stood. with staring eyes.' It was a beautiful evening. the last rays of the setting sun shone bright through the long stems of the trees upon the green underwood beneath. Jorindel sat by her side. he stood fixed as a stone. Well-a-day!' when her song stopped suddenly. and when they looked to see which way they should go home. so that her song ended with a mournful _jug. and beheld his Jorinda changed into a nightingale. Poor Jorindel saw the nightingale was gone--but what could he do? He could not speak. nor stir hand or foot. without knowing it. Jorindel turned to see the reason. sat down close under the old walls of the castle. and went away with it in her hand. and could neither weep. She was prettier than all the pretty girls that ever were seen before. but it seemed as if they were to be parted from one another for ever.beautiful birds in them. and saw through the bushes that they had. that they might be alone. jug_. and the turtle-doves sang from the tall birches. Jorinda sat down to gaze upon the sun. nor speak. They had wandered a long way. 'We must take care that we don't go too near to the fairy's castle. and Jorindel said. whose name was Jorindel. and trembled. An owl with fiery eyes flew three times round them. And now the sun went quite down. and they were soon to be married. the owl flew into a bush. and a shepherd lad. and a nose and chin that almost met one another. turned pale. and three times screamed: 'Tu whu! Tu whu! Tu whu!' Jorindel could not move. and a moment after the old fairy came forth pale and meagre. they found themselves at a loss to know what path to take. the gloomy night came. was very fond of her. One day they went to walk in the wood. and both felt sad. and already half of its circle had sunk behind the hill: Jorindel on a sudden looked behind him. Well-a-day! Well-a-day! He mourn'd for the fate of his darling mate.

stay! When the charm is around her. Hie away! away!' On a sudden Jorindel found himself free. and screamed with rage. He prayed. he heard or saw nothing of Jorinda. but alas! there were many. He looked around at the birds. and went with it in his hand into the castle. and yet he did not become fixed as before. Jorindel was very glad indeed to see this. and employed himself in keeping sheep. he sorrowed. with the seven hundred birds singing in the seven hundred cages. but she could not come within two yards of him. And the spell has bound her. he wept. so that he went in through the court. At last he came to the chamber where the fairy sat. till he came again to the castle. In the morning when he awoke. and was making the best of her way off through the door. and it sprang open. but all in vain. When she saw Jorindel she was very angry. early in the morning. Then he plucked the flower. and how then should he find out which was his Jorinda? While he was thinking what to do. and that in the middle of it lay a costly pearl. for the flower he held in his hand was his safeguard. and that there he found his Jorinda again. At last he dreamt one night that he found a beautiful purple flower. as big as a costly pearl. He walked nearer than a hundred paces to it. and eight long days he sought for it in vain: but on the ninth day. There stay! Oh. but all in vain. 'Alas!' he said. so he went to a strange village. and listened when he heard so many birds singing. Then he touched the door with the flower. he began to search over hill and dale for this pretty flower. He ran or flew after her. And her doom is cast. and prayed her to give him back his dear Jorinda: but she laughed at him. and in the middle of it was a large dewdrop. but found that he could go quite close up to the door. then she went her way. Then he fell on his knees before the fairy. Many a time did he walk round and round as near to the hated castle as he dared go.voice: 'Till the prisoner is fast. 'what will become of me?' He could not go back to his own home. and he dreamt that he plucked the flower. and said he should never see her again. and set out and travelled day and night. touched . many nightingales. he found the beautiful purple flower. and that everything he touched with it was disenchanted. he saw the fairy had taken down one of the cages.

and though I have been lucky enough to get away from her. and threw her arms round his neck looking as beautiful as ever.the cage with the flower. my good lady. 'how can one be in good spirits when one's life is in danger? Because I am beginning to grow old. as they were passing by a farmyard. and can no longer make myself useful to him in hunting. much longer than they liked. and screaming out with all his might and main.' After he had travelled a little way.' 'Oh. took himself slyly off. whose maidens had been forced to sing in the old fairy's cages by themselves. and try what you can do in the same way?' The dog said he was willing. Soon afterwards. my friend?' said the ass. They had not gone far before they saw a cat sitting in the middle of the road and making a most rueful face. and he took Jorinda home. because I am old and weak. 'For there. but the ass. 'Alas!' said the dog.' said the ass. 'I may turn musician. he spied a dog lying by the roadside and panting as if he were tired. who saw that some mischief was in the wind. 'Pray. me!' said the cat. and joined the party. 'I am going to the great city to turn musician: suppose you go with me. and had rather lie at my ease by the fire than run about the house after the mice. so that they all took their old forms again. and was going to drown me. I do not know what I am to live upon. 'my master was going to knock me on the head. but was now growing old and every day more and more unfit for work. and they jogged on together.' thought he. 'by all means go with us to the great city. and Jorinda stood before him. and began his journey towards the great city. my mistress laid hold of me. . where they were married. you are a good night singer. Then he touched all the other birds with the flower. and may make your fortune as a musician. 'what's the matter with you? You look quite out of spirits!' 'Ah.' said the ass.' The cat was pleased with the thought. but what can I do to earn my livelihood?' 'Hark ye!' said the ass. His master therefore was tired of keeping him and began to think of putting an end to him. so I ran away. THE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS An honest farmer had once an ass that had been a faithful servant to him a great many years. and lived happily together many years: and so did a good many other lads. as beautiful as when they walked together in the wood. they saw a cock perched upon a gate. 'What makes you pant so.

and then. for I see a light.' said the cock: so they all four went on jollily together. 'we had better change our quarters. amongst the broken glass. at any rate. The ass brayed. and the cock flew up and sat upon the cat's head.' said the cock. 'Well.' 'That would be a noble lodging for us.' said the ass. and the cat climbed up into the branches.'Bravo!' said the ass. while the cock. In doing this. the dog got upon his back. for our lodging is not the best in the world!' 'Besides. the cat mewed.' said Chanticleer. 'come with us Master Chanticleer. and as they drew near it became larger and brighter. and they began their music.' added the dog. and at last they hit upon a plan. I see a table spread with all kinds of good things. thinking that the higher he sat the safer he should be.' So they walked off together towards the spot where Chanticleer had seen the light. it will be better. and then they all broke through the window at once. than staying here to have your head cut off! Besides. 'Yes. they went into a wood to sleep. who had been not a little frightened by the opening concert.' said the ass. being the tallest of the company. The ass. till they at last came close to a house in which a gang of robbers lived. Donkey. who knows? If we care to sing in tune. so come along with us.' 'With all my heart. he saw afar off something bright and shining and calling to his companions said. we may get up some kind of a concert. but threaten to cut off my head tomorrow. looked out on all sides of him to see that everything was well. and yet my mistress and the cook don't thank me for my pains. so they consulted together how they should contrive to get the robbers out.' said the cock. marched up to the window and peeped in. had now no doubt that some frightful hobgoblin had broken in upon them. When all was ready a signal was given. The ass placed himself upright on his hind legs. according to his custom. flew up to the very top of the tree. and came tumbling into the room.' 'If that be the case. and robbers sitting round it making merry. 'what do you see?' 'What do I see?' replied the ass. the dog barked. with his forefeet resting against the window. the cat scrambled up to the dog's shoulders. 'I should not be the worse for a bone or two. The coast once clear. our travellers soon sat down and dispatched what . The ass and the dog laid themselves down under a great tree. pray what is all this about?' 'Why. or a bit of meat. 'if we could only get in'. and make broth of me for the guests that are coming on Sunday!' 'Heaven forbid!' said the ass. 'There must be a house no great way off. before he went to sleep. so when night came on. They could not. and scampered away as fast as they could. however. 'I was just now saying that we should have fine weather for our washing-day. you make a famous noise. and the cock screamed. 'upon my word. 'Why. reach the great city the first day. with a most hideous clatter! The robbers.

to be sure he has served us. and one of them. they began to think that they had been in too great a hurry to run away. he marched into the kitchen. 'he has not a tooth in his head. and. The donkey laid himself down upon a heap of straw in the yard. but then he did it to earn his livelihood. and groped about till he found a match in order to light a candle. and held the match to them to light it. he has served us well a great many years. And one day when the shepherd and his wife were standing together before the house the shepherd said. for he is of no use now. at this very day. and each once more sought out a resting-place to his own liking. But about midnight. and then. and scratched at him. and we ought to give him a livelihood for the rest of his days. when the robbers saw from afar that the lights were out and that all seemed quiet. he mistook them for live coals. crowed with all his might. called Sultan. 'I will shoot old Sultan tomorrow morning. and stabbed him in the leg. and the cock. espying the glittering fiery eyes of the cat. But the cat. and the cock perched upon a beam on the top of the house. as they were all rather tired with their journey. and spat. and the thieves don't care for him at all. they put out the lights. but the musicians were so pleased with their quarters that they took up their abode there.the robbers had left. how a man with a knife in his hand had hidden himself behind the door. and had spat at him and scratched his face with her long bony fingers. I dare say. who had been awakened by the noise. OLD SULTAN A shepherd had a faithful dog. At this the robber ran back as fast as he could to his comrades. with as much eagerness as if they had not expected to eat again for a month. This frightened him dreadfully. who was grown very old. and there they are. and told the captain how a horrid witch had got into the house. went to see what was going on.' But his wife said. the dog stretched himself upon a mat behind the door. how a black monster stood in the yard and struck him with a club. and how the devil had sat upon the top of the house and cried out. but there the dog jumped up and bit him in the leg. and had lost all his teeth. and as he was crossing over the yard the ass kicked him. Finding everything still. the cat rolled herself up on the hearth before the warm ashes. they soon fell asleep. . not understanding this joke. sprang at his face.' 'But what can we do with him?' said the shepherd. As soon as they had satisfied themselves. who was bolder than the rest. and away he ran to the back door. 'Throw the rascal up here!' After this the robbers never dared to go back to the house. 'Pray let the poor faithful creature live.

and saw the cat's long tail standing straight in the air. and as the poor thing limped along with some trouble. and when the wolf was busy looking out for a good fat sheep. she stuck up her tail straight in the air. heard all that the shepherd and his wife said to one another. and when they espied their enemies coming. The wolf and the wild boar were first on the ground.tomorrow shall be his last day. go home. and accordingly so it was managed. Then the shepherd patted him on the head. the wolf thought he was in joke. and let him have my old cushion to sleep on as long as he lives. the shepherd and his wife screamed out. and said. and came one night to get a dainty morsel. my good fellow.' and swore he would have his revenge.' The dog liked this plan very well. 'I will give you some good advice. who was lying close by them. and give him a good dinner. but Sultan soon overtook him. and how his master meant to kill him in the morning.' said the wolf.' However. Soon afterwards the wolf came and wished him joy. depend upon it. goes out every morning very early with his wife into the field. and will be so thankful to you that they will take care of you as long as you live. that combed his locks for him finely. and have plenty to eat. Your master.' So from this time forward Sultan had all that he could wish for. Now do you lie down close by the child. and pretend to be watching it. then you may carry it back. 'I will be true to my master. and was very much frightened to think tomorrow would be his last day. So the next morning the wolf sent the boar to challenge Sultan to come into the wood to fight the matter. and therefore he shall live and be well taken care of. they thought she was carrying a sword for Sultan to . The wolf ran with the child a little way. and said. Then the wolf was very angry. and told him all his sorrows. and lay it down behind the hedge in the shade while they are at work.' Poor Sultan. he had a stout cudgel laid about his back. 'Old Sultan has saved our child from the wolf. and they take their little child with them. you must tell no tales. and they will think you have saved their child. you must run after me as fast as you can. 'Now.' said the Sultan. so he took her with him. so in the evening he went to his good friend the wolf. so he laid wait for him behind the barn door. But Sultan had told his master what the wolf meant to do. 'Make yourself easy. but turn your head the other way when I want to taste one of the old shepherd's fine fat sheep. and I will come out of the wood and run away with it. Now Sultan had nobody he could ask to be his second but the shepherd's old three-legged cat.' 'No. who lived in the wood. and called Sultan 'an old rogue. and carried the poor little thing back to his master and mistress. and I will let it drop. you know. Wife.

roaring out. and soon afterwards a burning coal from the fire leapt down to the two. and when he shook one of them a little. who had gathered together a dish of beans and wanted to cook them. there sits the one who is to blame. and the wolf jumped up into a tree. and repair to a foreign country. she lighted it with a handful of straw. and looked about and wondered that no one was there. had not quite hidden himself. Sultan and the cat soon came up. and as there was no bridge or foot-plank. I should have been made into broth without any mercy. When she was emptying the beans into the pan. the cat. and they called him a cowardly rascal.--I should have been burnt to ashes.' The proposition pleased the two others. and bit and scratched it.' So they looked up. sprang upon it. AND THE BEAN In a village dwelt a poor old woman. from whence do you come here?' The coal replied: 'I fortunately sprang out of the fire. we should go away together. but if the old woman had got me into the pan. and took their lives. 'that as we have so fortunately escaped death. and ran away. however. they did not know how they were to get over it. like my comrades. THE STRAW. she seized sixty of them at once. we should keep together like good companions.' The bean said: 'I too have escaped with a whole skin.' 'And would a better fate have fallen to my lot?' said the straw. 'The old woman has destroyed all my brethren in fire and smoke. and if I had not escaped by sheer force. and lest a new mischance should overtake us here. so they said they should not like this way of fighting. and that it might burn the quicker. So she made a fire on her hearth. one dropped without her observing it. Then the straw began and said: 'Dear friends. and the boar lay down behind a bush. 'I think.' answered the bean. The straw hit on a good idea. and would not suffer him to come down till he was heartily ashamed of himself. they came to a little brook. and thinking it was a mouse. for his ears stuck out of the bush. and said: 'I will lay myself straight . so that the boar jumped up and grunted. THE COAL. The boar. seeing something move.' 'But what are we to do now?' said the coal. however. they thought she was picking up a stone to throw at them. Soon. my death would have been certain. and espied the wolf sitting amongst the branches. and lay on the ground beside a straw. and had promised to be good friends again with old Sultan. and they set out on their way together. 'Look up in the tree.fight with. and every time she limped. I luckily slipped through her fingers.

One gave her goodness. where there were in those days fairies. and fell into the stream. they were forced to leave one of the fairies without asking her. and ventured no farther. but as the tailor used black thread. and red shoes with high heels on her feet. had not sat down to rest by the brook. was unable to stop. that had thrown itself out of the water. Now this king and queen had plenty of money. at the bottom of the garden. 'I know what your wish is. each with a high red cap on her head. hissed when she got into the water. tripped quite boldly on to the newly-built bridge. broke in two pieces. a tailor who was travelling in search of work. began to burn.' What the little fish had foretold soon came to pass. As he had a compassionate heart he pulled out his needle and thread. and plenty of good things to eat and drink. and the queen had a little girl. if. she was after all. but as the king and queen had only twelve golden dishes for them to eat out of. and nobles. and a long white wand in her hand: and after the feast was over they gathered round in a ring and gave all their best gifts to the little princess. she saw a poor little fish. So he asked his kinsmen.' The straw therefore stretched itself from one bank to the other. and heard the water rushing beneath her. and laughed so heartily that she burst. and lay gasping and nearly dead on the bank. But the queen said. 'I will have the fairies also. and threw it back again into the river.' Now there were thirteen fairies in the kingdom. The bean. BRIAR ROSE A king and queen once upon a time reigned in a country a great way off. and friends. who had prudently stayed behind on the shore. and it shall be fulfilled. all beans since then have a black seam. likewise. and plenty of fine clothes to wear. and before it swam away it lifted its head out of the water and said. and neighbours. and show the child to all the land. however. and breathed her last. could not but laugh at the event. so very beautiful that the king could not cease looking on it for joy. and stood still. and this grieved them very much indeed. But one day as the queen was walking by the side of the river. The coal slipped after her. another . Then the queen took pity on the little fish. in return for your kindness to me--you will soon have a daughter. So twelve fairies came. The bean thanked him most prettily. that they might be kind and good to our little daughter. and the coal. and a coach to ride out in every day: but though they had been married many years they had no children. and then you can walk over on me as on a bridge. and said he would hold a great feast and make merry. afraid. It would have been all over with her. and sewed her together. The straw. by good fortune.across. who was of an impetuous disposition. But when she had reached the middle.

who was at that moment pulling the kitchen-boy by the hair to give him a box . as she had not been asked to the feast she was very angry. on the very day she was fifteen years old. It happened that. and the king and the queen. and when she turned it the door sprang open. So she roved about by herself. before the fairy's prophecy was fulfilled. and the horses slept in the stables. and the dogs in the court. and well behaved. But all the gifts of the first eleven fairies were in the meantime fulfilled. be wounded by a spindle. Now. so he ordered that all the spindles in the kingdom should be bought up and burnt. But scarcely had she touched it. another riches. and a broomstick in her hand: and presently up she came into the dining-hall. and word was brought that the thirteenth fairy was come. and the cook. and looked at all the rooms and chambers. with a black cap on her head. fell asleep too. So she cried out. till at last she came to an old tower. the jack stopped. and took the spindle and began to try and spin. the king and queen were not at home. and said that the evil wish must be fulfilled.' said the princess. in her fifteenth year. However.beauty. the spindle wounded her. but that she could soften its mischief. and black shoes on her feet. came forward. but had only fallen into a deep sleep. and so on till she had all that was good in the world. while buzz! went the wheel.' Then the twelfth of the friendly fairies. In the door there was a golden key. but should only fall asleep for a hundred years. and fall down dead. to which there was a narrow staircase ending with a little door. who had just come home. should not really die. how now.' said the old lady. and set to work to take her revenge. the pigeons on the house-top. 'Why. and scolded the king and queen very much. for the princess was so beautiful. 'How prettily that little thing turns round!' said the princess. and there sat an old lady spinning away very busily. and all their court. and good. so her gift was. and she fell down lifeless on the ground. 'what are you doing there?' 'Spinning. humming a tune. good mother. and went to sleep. when the spindle wounded her. Just as eleven of them had done blessing her. a great noise was heard in the courtyard. and the spit that was turning about with a goose upon it for the king's dinner stood still. and nodded her head. Even the fire on the hearth left off blazing. However. and she was left alone in the palace. and wise. that everyone who knew her loved her. that the king's daughter. she was not dead. 'The king's daughter shall. the king hoped still to save his dear child altogether from the threatened evil. and the very flies slept upon the walls. who had not yet given her gift.

and slept soundly. and the dogs jumped up and barked. the butler. so he stooped down and gave her a kiss. with their heads under their wings. through which he went with ease. and all was so still that he could hear every breath he drew. Now that very day the hundred years were ended. for the thorns and bushes laid hold of them. and as the prince came to the thicket he saw nothing but beautiful flowering shrubs. the maid sat with a fowl in her lap ready to be plucked. none of them could ever do. But the moment he kissed her she opened her eyes and awoke. and how a beautiful palace stood behind it. She looked so beautiful that he could not take his eyes off her. Then he came at last to the palace. who was slyly tasting the ale. the butler had the jug of ale at his lips. and looked about and . fast asleep on a couch by the window. as if she was going to beat the boy. with all her court. going to drink a draught. and they shut in after him as thick as ever. He told. But there went a report through all the land of the beautiful sleeping Briar Rose (for so the king's daughter was called): so that. and had tried to break through the thicket. and opened the door of the little room in which Briar Rose was. how he had heard from his grandfather that many.on the ear for something he had done amiss. And the horses shook themselves. and smiled upon him. and died wretchedly. so that not even the roof or the chimneys could be seen. however. A large hedge of thorns soon grew round the palace. let him go. lay in it asleep. till at last the old palace was surrounded and hidden. and died. fell asleep with the jug at his lips: and thus everything stood still.' The old man tried to hinder him. and they went out together. and on the roof sat the pigeons fast asleep. from time to time. but that they had all stuck fast in it. and there in the court lay the dogs asleep. and there they stuck fast. as it were with hands. called Briar Rose. the spit was standing still. and soon the king and queen also awoke. and tried to break through the thicket into the palace. and both fell asleep. and gazed on each other with great wonder. and the cook in the kitchen was still holding up her hand. This. many years there came a king's son into that land: and an old man told him the story of the thicket of thorns. 'All this shall not frighten me. many princes had come. too. the flies were sleeping on the walls. After many. several kings' sons came. but he was bent upon going. till at last he came to the old tower. the pigeons took their heads from under their wings. and how a wonderful princess. and all the court. and every year it became higher and thicker. I will go and see this Briar Rose. And when he came into the palace. Then he went on still farther. and there she lay. Then the young prince said. and the horses were standing in the stables.

And then the prince and Briar Rose were married.' said the sparrow. my friend?' 'Because. she pecked and scratched at a steak that lay upon the edge of the shelf. the flies on the walls buzzed again. till at last down it fell. 'do so. till they fell down: and as the dog still wished for more. and in the meantime I will perch upon that bush. the sparrow said to him.' 'Very well.' answered the sparrow. the butler finished his draught of ale. The sparrow.' answered the sparrow. seeing that the carter did not turn out of the way. and the wedding feast was given. and round went the spit. but would . the fire in the kitchen blazed up. but often let him suffer the greatest hunger. 'and you shall soon have that too. round went the jack. 'you shall have some more if you will. THE DOG AND THE SPARROW A shepherd's dog had a master who took no care of him. and off he ran in a very sad and sorrowful mood. 'I am very very hungry. they had not gone far before the dog said.' When the dog had eaten this too.flew into the fields.' So the dog stretched himself out on the road.' said he. and I will soon find you plenty of food. the sparrow asked him whether he had had enough now. and pecked at two rolls that lay in the window. 'Why are you so sad. 'Stand there a little while till I peck you down a piece of meat. 'come with me into the next town. my good friend. and they lived happily together all their lives long. and scrambled away with it into a corner. but as the weather was warm.' said the sparrow. 'Yes. she took him to another shop and pecked down some more for him.' 'Come with me then. and loaded with two casks of wine.' So they both went out upon the high road. where he soon ate it all up.' So on they went together into the town: and as they passed by a butcher's shop. On the road he met a sparrow that said to him. and the cook gave the boy the box on his ear. there came by a carter with a cart drawn by three horses. At last he could bear it no longer. 'Well. with the goose for the king's dinner upon it.' So the sparrow perched upon the shelf: and having first looked carefully about her to see if anyone was watching her. 'and now let us take a walk a little way out of the town. Then the dog snapped it up. 'Well. so come with me to the next shop.' So she took him to a baker's shop. have you had enough now?' 'I have had plenty of meat. When that was eaten. 'I am very much tired--I should like to take a nap. so he took to his heels.' answered he. 'but I should like to have a piece of bread to eat after it. and fell fast asleep. and have nothing to eat.' 'If that be all. the maid went on plucking the fowl. Whilst he slept. and I will peck you down another steak.' said the dog. the sparrow said to the dog.

and they have fallen upon our corn in the loft. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' said he. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' cried he. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. 'what harm can you do me?' and passed on. she again crept under the tilt of the cart. and than all the wine ran out. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. so that the wheels crushed him to death.' The carter was forced at last to leave his cart behind him. and pecked at him till he reared up and kicked. 'Miserable wretch that I am!' But the sparrow answered. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' cried the carter. grumbling to himself. meaning to kill her. as she alighted upon the head of one of the horses. 'What an unlucky wretch I am!' cried he.' 'Do your worst. called out. The carter was mad with fury. that he fell down dead. 'There. he again cried out. This deed of thine shall cost thee all thou art worth. and without looking about him.' cried the sparrow. and pecked at the bung of one of the casks till she loosened it. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. 'now will I plague and punish thee at thy own house.' But the carter.' 'Alas! husband. Now mind what I say. and saw thousands of birds sitting upon the floor eating up his corn. The carter ran up and struck at her again with his hatchet. 'Not wretch enough yet!' answered the sparrow as she flew away. When the carter saw this. 'what ill luck has befallen me!--my wine is all spilt. and welcome.' replied she. and the blow fell upon the poor horse's head with such force. struck again at the sparrow. thou hast killed my friend the dog. so that all the wine ran out. 'and a wicked bird has come into the house. and to go home overflowing with rage and vexation. 'Stop! stop! Mr Carter. went down . 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow.' said the brute. but away she flew. but she flew away. and my horses all three dead. 'thy cruelty shall cost thee they life yet!' and away she flew.go on in the track in which the dog lay. 'Alas! miserable wretch that I am!' cried he. But the sparrow crept under the tilt of the cart. or it shall be the worse for you. indeed! what can you do?' cracked his whip. The carter seeing that he had thus lost all that he had. and are eating it up at such a rate!' Away ran the husband upstairs. and the blow fell upon the second horse and killed him on the spot. I am sure. and perching upon the third horse. and the cask quite empty. so as to drive over him. 'You make it the worse for me. and drove his cart over the poor dog. 'Alas!' said he to his wife. but killed his third horse as he done the other two. and has brought with her all the birds in the world. and pecked out the bung of the second cask. and pecked at him too. 'Not wretch enough yet!' and perched on the head of the second horse. with the sparrow in the midst of them. At last he looked round. or caring what he was about. 'thou cruel villain. When the carter saw this. he drew out his hatchet and aimed a blow at the sparrow. without the carter seeing it. for he saw that the corn was almost all gone. she began to peck him too. and saw that the cart was dripping. And as the carter went on with the other two horses.

and cried. and when he awoke in the morning he found that the princesses had all been dancing. 'that is letting her off too easily: she shall die a much more cruel death. 'Wife. chairs. but it missed her.' cried he.into his kitchen. or where they had been. The sparrow now hopped in. and at last the walls. glasses. 'Shall I kill her at once?' 'No. The same thing happened the second and third night: so the king ordered his head to be . that if any person could discover the secret. I will eat her. after three days and nights. 'Carter! it shall cost thee thy life!' Then he became mad and blind with rage. in order that nothing might pass without his hearing it. strike at the bird and kill her in my hand. They slept in twelve beds all in one room. for the soles of their shoes were full of holes. and. A king's son soon came. but sat himself angrily and sulkily in the chimney corner. 'Carter! it shall cost thee thy life yet!' With that he could wait no longer: so he gave his wife the hatchet. they caught her: and the wife said. without touching the bird at all. and should be king after his death. the door of his chamber was left open. and when they went to bed. THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. perched upon the window-seat.' And the wife struck. and only broke the window. He was well entertained. however. benches. and the sparrow flew quietly home to her nest.' But the sparrow began to flutter about. the doors were shut and locked up. and yet nobody could find out how it happened. the table. and in the evening was taken to the chamber next to the one where the princesses lay in their twelve beds. In the end. but whoever tried and did not succeed. There he was to sit and watch where they went to dance. but every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night. should be put to death. and cried 'Carter! thy cruelty shall cost thee thy life!' With that he jumped up in a rage. and hit her husband on the head so that he fell down dead. and struck the window-seat with such force that he cleft it in two: and as the sparrow flew from place to place. and was still not sorry for what he had done. But the king's son soon fell asleep. But the sparrow sat on the outside of the window. and stretch out her neck and cried. that they broke all their furniture. seized his hatchet. and threw it at the sparrow. the carter and his wife were so furious. but she missed her aim. Then the king made it known to all the land. he should have the one he liked best for his wife. and cried. and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night.

he would have slept soundly enough. and as soon as she leaves you pretend to be fast asleep. Then he laid himself down on his bed.' When they were all ready. he met an old woman. they went and looked at the soldier. The soldier saw them going down through the trap-door one after another. have you forgotten how many kings' sons have already watched in vain? And as for this soldier. He was as well received as the others had been. and said he was willing to undertake the task.' 'Well. who had been wounded in battle and could fight no longer. 'I hardly know where I am going. Just as he was going to lie down. and dressed themselves at the glass. 'but I think I should like very well to find out where it is that the princesses dance.' Then she gave him a cloak. and took out all their fine clothes. and the eldest went up to her own bed and clapped her hands. 'This fellow too might have done a wiser thing than lose his life in this way!' Then they rose up and opened their drawers and boxes. and you will then be able to follow the princesses wherever they go. and then in time I might be a king. or what I had better do. and skipped about as if they were eager to begin dancing. taking care not to drink a drop. Now it chanced that an old soldier.' said the soldier.' 'You simpleton. but he snored on. who asked him where he was going.' When the soldier heard all this good counsel. 'that is no very hard task: only take care not to drink any of the wine which one of the princesses will bring to you in the evening. and thinking he had no time to lose. and in a little while began to snore very loud as if he was fast asleep. and when the evening came he was led to the outer chamber. even if I had not given him his sleeping draught. the eldest leading the way. and the king ordered fine royal robes to be given him. while you are so happy I feel very uneasy. and followed them. But the youngest said. and the eldest said. and said. and the bed sank into the floor and a trap-door flew open. and did not stir hand or foot: so they thought they were quite safe.' said the eldest. he determined to try his luck: so he went to the king. passed through the country where this king reigned: and as he was travelling through a wood. 'I don't know how it is.' said the old dame. 'As soon as you put that on you will become invisible. but they had all the same luck. he jumped up. and all lost their lives in the same manner. but in the middle of the stairs he trod on the gown of the youngest .cut off. When the twelve princesses heard this they laughed heartily. but the soldier threw it all away secretly. 'you are always afraid. put on the cloak which the old woman had given him. the eldest of the princesses brought him a cup of wine. I am sure some mischance will befall us. After him came several others.

and the soldier. and I am quite tired: the boat seems very heavy today. and when any of the princesses had a cup of wine set by her. and at the bottom they found themselves in a most delightful grove of trees.' 'You silly creature!' said the eldest. There they all landed. The princes rowed them back again over the lake (but this time the soldier placed himself in the boat with the eldest princess). 'I do not know why it is. and there came a loud noise from the tree. where the leaves were all glittering diamonds. so they said. and at the side of the lake there lay twelve little boats with twelve handsome princes in them. They danced on till three o'clock in the morning. and glittered and sparkled beautifully. so that they were obliged to leave off. who were crying for joy. and each prince danced with his princess.' Then down they all went. from which came the merry music of horns and trumpets. and afterwards to a third. 'It is only our princes. who are shouting for joy at our approach. too. put away their fine . 'Now all is quite safe'. but the eldest always silenced her. but the eldest still said. When they came to the stairs. who was all the time invisible.' 'It is only the heat of the weather. danced with them too.' Then they came to another grove of trees. And the soldier broke a branch from each. One of the princesses went into each boat. and went into the castle. and every time there was a loud noise. and laid himself down. but though I am rowing with all my might we do not get on so fast as usual. and as the twelve sisters slowly came up very much tired. he drank it all up. The soldier wished to take away some token of the place. As they were rowing over the lake.' On the other side of the lake stood a fine illuminated castle. where all the leaves were of gold.' But the eldest said. which made the youngest sister tremble with fear. the princesses promising to come again the next night. and the leaves were all of silver. it was only the princes. 'I am sure all is not right--did not you hear that noise? That never happened before. 'All is not right.princess. so he broke off a little branch. then they undressed themselves. the prince who was in the boat with the youngest princess and the soldier said.' said the princess: 'I feel it very warm too. the soldier ran on before the princesses. 'it is nothing but a nail in the wall. so that when she put the cup to her mouth it was empty. So they went on till they came to a great lake. and she cried out to her sisters. Then the youngest daughter said again. someone took hold of my gown. At this. they heard him snoring in his bed. and the soldier stepped into the same boat with the youngest. and on the opposite shore they took leave of each other. and then all their shoes were worn out. the youngest sister was terribly frightened. who seemed to be waiting there for the princesses.

The fisherman used to go out all day long a-fishing. and one day. do go back and tell the fish we want a snug . as soon as you please!' Then he put him back into the water. close by the seaside. 'we live very wretchedly here. they confessed it all. Then the king called for the princesses. and he answered. and that it was of no use to deny what had happened.'--And they were married that very day. he was taken before the king with the three branches and the golden cup. But the fish said. so I will have the eldest. When the fisherman went home to his wife in the pigsty. I am an enchanted prince: put me in the water again. but determined to see more of this strange adventure. on hearing it speak. and went to bed. all on a sudden his float was dragged away deep into the water: and in drawing it up he pulled out a great fish. and let me go!' 'Oh. THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE There was once a fisherman who lived with his wife in a pigsty. 'Pray let me live! I am not a real fish. 'Where do my twelve daughters dance at night?' he answered. and showed him the three branches and the golden cup which he had brought with him. he told her how he had caught a great fish. and the soldier was chosen to be the king's heir.' And then he told the king all that had happened. and left a long streak of blood behind him on the wave. and how it had told him it was an enchanted prince. as he sat on the shore with his rod.clothes. and the twelve princesses stood listening behind the door to hear what he would say. 'I am not very young. looking at the sparkling waves and watching his line. and then returned home. he had let it go again. in this nasty dirty pigsty. ho!' said the man. pulled off their shoes. 'you need not make so many words about the matter. However. In the morning the soldier said nothing about what had happened. I will have nothing to do with a fish that can talk: so swim away. the princesses danced each time till their shoes were worn to pieces. sir. 'Did not you ask it for anything?' said the wife. As soon as the time came when he was to declare the secret. and how. on the third night the soldier carried away one of the golden cups as a token of where he had been. and asked them whether what the soldier said was true: and when they saw that they were discovered. and the fish darted straight down to the bottom. And the king asked the soldier which of them he would choose for his wife. And when the king asked him. and went again the second and third night. 'With twelve princes in a castle under ground. and every thing happened just as before.

the courtyard and the garden are a great deal too small. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. what does she want now?' said the fish. and behind the cottage there was a little garden.' 'Wife. come in!' said she. 'Husband. 'I don't like to go to him again.' 'Go home. it looked blue and gloomy. and a bedchamber. and saw his wife standing at the door of a nice trim little cottage. there is not near room enough for us in this cottage. and wants a snug little cottage. planted with all sorts of flowers and fruits. I know. we ought to be easy with this pretty cottage to live in. 'he will do it very willingly. she does not like living any longer in the pigsty. 'Ah!' said the man.' said his wife. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' Then the fish came swimming to him.little cottage.' said the fisherman. 'Well. 'she says that when I had caught you. and said. then. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. what is her will? What does your wife want?' 'Ah!' said the fisherman. and there was a courtyard behind. and a kitchen. and he went close to the edge of the waves. he went to the seashore. 'Come in. full of ducks and chickens. And he stood at the water's edge. I should like to have a large stone castle to live in: go to the fish again and tell him to give us a castle.' 'Nonsense!' said the wife. but his heart was very heavy: and when he came to the sea.' said the fish. 'is not this much better than the filthy pigsty we had?' And there was a parlour. I ought to have asked you for something before I let you go. Everything went right for a week or two.' The fisherman did not much like the business: however. . though it was very calm. at least. and when he came back there the water looked all yellow and green. 'she is in the cottage already!' So the man went home. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'Well. and then Dame Ilsabill said. 'how happily we shall live now!' 'We will try to do so. for perhaps he will be angry. go along and try!' The fisherman went.

' So they went to bed.' said the fisherman. wife! why should you wish to be emperor?' said the fisherman.dolefully.' 'Wife. wife! what a fine thing it is to be king! Now we shall never have anything more to wish for as long as we live. and I think I should like to be emperor. but go and try! I will be king. I am king. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'Well. 'Well. wife. and found a great many servants there.' said she.' said the man. The next morning when Dame Ilsabill awoke it was broad daylight.' said the fisherman. 'I am king.' 'Alas.' said she. but I begin to be tired of that. 'go to the fish! . before we make up our minds to that. and said.' And when he had looked at her for a long time. and behind the castle was a garden.' said the fish. 'Get up. 'she is king already. wife.' said she. This time the sea looked a dark grey colour. 'never is a long time.' 'I don't know how that may be. and the rooms all richly furnished. each a head taller than the other. 'Ah. 'why should we wish to be the king? I will not be king. 'my wife wants to be king.' said the fish. and hares.' said she. and was overspread with curling waves and the ridges of foam as he cried out: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. 'See. full of sheep.' said she.' 'Then I will. 'Husband. with a golden crown upon her head. and found his wife standing before the gate of a great castle. then. 'But. 'are you king?' 'Yes. 'now we will live cheerful and happy in this beautiful castle for the rest of our lives. 'my wife wants to live in a stone castle. and full of golden chairs and tables.' said she.' 'Go home.' Then the fisherman went home.' 'Go home.' said the wife. and goats. and as he came close to the palace he saw a troop of soldiers. 'how can you be king--the fish cannot make you a king?' 'Husband.' So away went the fisherman. and she jogged the fisherman with her elbow. he said.' said the man. 'is not this grand?' With that they went into the castle together. for we must be king of all the land. 'Well. and in the courtyard were stables and cow-houses.' 'Perhaps we may.' So the man went away quite sorrowful to think that his wife should want to be king. wife. 'Alas!' said the poor man. what would she have now?' said the fish. it is true. and deer. husband. And when he went in he saw his wife sitting on a throne of gold and diamonds. and bestir yourself. 'she is standing at the gate of it already. and on each side of her stood six fair maidens. and heard the sound of drums and trumpets. 'say no more about it. and around it was a park half a mile long. 'but let us sleep upon it.

' 'Go home. and as he came near he saw his wife Ilsabill sitting on a very lofty throne made of solid gold. and the water was quite black and muddy. 'she is emperor already. 'why should we stop at being emperor? I will be pope next. 'I will be pope this very day. 'what a fine thing it is to be emperor!' 'Husband.' He soon came to the seashore. and then we shall be sorry for what we have done. each one smaller than the other. and a mighty whirlwind blew over the waves and rolled them about. I am sure. and rolled fearfully upon the tops of the billows. and the ships were in trouble. 'if he can make an emperor.' said Ilsabill. as if a dreadful storm was rising.' So the fisherman went. as he gazed upon her.' 'Ah. 'how can you be pope? there is but one pope at a time in Christendom.' said she. the fish will be tired at last. 'the fish cannot make an emperor.I say I will be emperor.' replied the husband.' 'Husband. and earls: and the fisherman went up to her and said. it is too much to ask. are you emperor?' 'Yes. wife!' replied the fisherman. and I should not like to ask him for such a thing. he can make a pope: go and try him. and he muttered as he went along.' said she. so go at once!' So the fisherman was forced to go.' 'I am king. with a great crown on her head full two yards high. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. and said: . and dukes. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. from the tallest giant down to a little dwarf no bigger than my finger. 'This will come to no good.' 'But.' said the fish. In the middle of the heavens there was a little piece of blue sky.' 'What nonsense!' said she. 'and you are my slave. 'I am emperor. But when he came to the shore the wind was raging and the sea was tossed up and down in boiling waves. but he went as near as he could to the water's brink. 'she wants to be emperor. but towards the south all was red. 'Wife. 'the fish cannot make you pope. And before her stood princes. wife!' said he.' 'O wife. and he trembled so that his knees knocked together: but still he went down near to the shore.' So he went home again.' 'Ah!' said the man. and on each side of her stood her guards and attendants in a row. At this sight the fisherman was dreadfully frightened. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What would she have now?' said the fish.' said she.

'are you pope?' 'Yes. and the sun rose.'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. and the thunders rolled. and said. go to the fish and tell him I must be lord of the sun and moon. And all the heavens became black with stormy clouds. 'after all I cannot prevent the sun rising. 'Alas. and the least no larger than a small rushlight. the greatest as large as the highest and biggest tower in the world. wife!' said he.' 'Go home.' Then the fisherman went home. 'she is pope already. 'she wants to be lord of the sun and moon.' At this thought she was very angry. 'Ha!' thought she. as she woke up and looked at it through the window.' 'Go home. 'I am pope.' said she. but the thought frightened him so much that he started and fell out of bed. wife.' The fisherman was half asleep. so that the trees and the very rocks shook. and wakened her husband. Go to the fish at once!' Then the man went shivering with fear.' said the fisherman. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. 'Ah!' said he. 'it is a grand thing to be pope.' said the fish. 'to your pigsty .' said the fish.' 'Well. Then they went to bed: but Dame Ilsabill could not sleep all night for thinking what she should be next. 'I am very uneasy as long as the sun and moon rise without my leave.' replied he. And she had three great crowns on her head. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What does she want now?' said the fish. and around her stood all the pomp and power of the Church. as well as he could: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. and as he was going down to the shore a dreadful storm arose. And the fisherman crept towards the sea. 'Wife.' said she. morning broke.' 'I will think about that. 'my wife wants to be pope. and you might have seen in the sea great black waves. as he looked at all this greatness. and now you must be easy. swelling up like mountains with crowns of white foam upon their heads. for you can be nothing greater. as she was dropping asleep. 'Husband.' said the wife. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What does she want now?' said the fish. of all sizes. At last. And on each side of her were two rows of burning lights. 'cannot you be easy with being pope?' 'No. and the lightnings played. and cried out. and found Ilsabill sitting on a throne that was two miles high.

the willow-wren sent out spies . and trotted away.' said the bear. The young willow-wrens. and when a short time had passed. went to it again. continued to cry and scream. and hornets. so he peeped in and saw five or six young ones lying there. 'before whom we must bow down. not if we were dying of hunger.' 'That is not done quite as you seem to think.' In reality the bird was the willow-wren. When the time came for the war to begin. you will have to pay for that!' The bear and the wolf grew uneasy. 'Is that the royal palace?' cried the bear. and when their parents again brought food they said: 'We will not so much as touch one fly's leg. the Queen arrived with some food in her beak. cows. the bear has been here and has insulted us!' Then the old King said: 'Be easy. and the lord King came too. take me thither. oxen. The bear. and all four-footed animals were summoned to take part in it. no. and the bear heard a bird singing so beautifully that he said: 'Brother wolf. however. but the wolf held him back by the sleeve. and called in: 'Old Growler.' So they took stock of the hole where the nest lay. that we are not! Our parents are honest people! Bear. however. and said: 'No. could not rest until he had seen the royal palace. 'IF that's the case. not only birds.' Soon afterwards. bees and flies had to come. why have you insulted my children? You shall suffer for it--we will punish you by a bloody war. but midges. And the willow-wren summoned everything which flew in the air.' and he at once flew with the Queen to the bear's cave. deer. and screamed: 'No.again. and every other animal the earth contained. The bear would have liked to go at once. THE WILLOW-WREN AND THE BEAR Once in summer-time the bear and the wolf were walking in the forest. 'you must wait until the Queen comes. come.' Thus war was announced to the Bear. large and small. asses. you must wait until the lord and lady Queen have gone away again. and you are not King's children.' said the wolf. and turned back and went into their holes. The King and Queen had just flown out. 'it is a wretched palace. until you have settled whether we are respectable children or not. and they began to feed their young ones. 'I should very much like to see his royal palace. he shall be punished. they were frightfully angry.' said the wolf.' And there they live to this very day. you are disreputable children!' When the young wrens heard that. what bird is it that sings so well?' 'That is the King of birds.

and beg their pardon. before we will do that. and still kept his tail high in the air. run away as fast as you can. The gnat. or else every rib of your body shall be broken. you are to come to the nest to my children. she flew away again. and sat down together and ate and drank. he could hold out no longer. and made merry till quite late into the night. she sat herself down to rest a while. and on both sides they advanced against each other. they thought all was lost. rejoice. who was the most crafty. all the four-footed animals came running up with such a noise that the earth trembled. to the willow-wren. but if I let it hang down. And now at last the young wrens were satisfied. But the willow-wren sent down the hornet. each into his hole. and beg for pardon and say that we are honourable children. you shall be general and lead us. The willow-wren with his army also came flying through the air with such a humming.' When the gnat had heard that. When day broke. down to the minutest detail. which almost looks like a plume of red feathers. which was her . and when she came to a cool spring of water. There stood the bear. and you must charge. flew into the forest where the enemy was assembled. Then the King and Queen flew home to their children and cried: 'Children.' said the fox. we have won the battle!' But the young wrens said: 'We will not eat yet. and he called the fox before him and said: 'Fox. and revealed everything. and the birds had won the battle. and the battle was to begin. and swarming that every one was uneasy and afraid. so the fox said: 'I have a fine long bushy tail. When I lift my tail up quite high.' Then the willow-wren flew to the bear's hole and cried: 'Growler. and begged their pardon. THE FROG-PRINCE One fine evening a young princess put on her bonnet and clogs. 'but what signal shall we agree upon?' No one knew that. and whirring. with orders to settle beneath the fox's tail. the bear must come to the nest. and began to flee. eat and drink to your heart's content. and put his tail between his legs. and hid herself beneath a leaf of the tree where the password was to be announced. and went out to take a walk by herself in a wood.' So the bear crept thither in the greatest fear. Now she had a golden ball in her hand. he started so that he lifted one leg.' 'Good. that rose in the midst of it. When the animals saw that. from pain. all is going well.to discover who was the enemy's commander-in-chief. screamed. he was forced to put it down for a moment. When the fox felt the first string. at the second sting. at the third. but he bore it. you are the most cunning of all animals. and sting with all his might.

'what can you do for me. At this sight she was sadly frightened. and let me live with you and eat from off your golden plate. in the greenwood shade. her father. The king. and take me with you as you said. but it was very deep. and catching it again as it fell. just as the princess had sat down to dinner. and she was always tossing it up into the air. thinking that he could never .' said she. tap--plash.' Whilst she was speaking. 'Well. I would give all my fine clothes and jewels. so deep that she could not see the bottom of it. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool. and after a little while he came up again. asked her what was the matter.' Then the frog put his head down. you nasty frog? My golden ball has fallen into the spring. but if you will love me. that she never thought of the frog.' Then the princess ran to the door and opened it. if you will bring me my ball. though he may be able to get my ball for me. 'this silly frog is talking! He can never even get out of the spring to visit me. and there she saw the frog. she ran to pick it up. with the ball in his mouth. till at last it fell down into the spring. The next day. whom she had quite forgotten. and she was so overjoyed to have it in her hand again. and fine clothes.favourite plaything. seeing that something had frightened her. 'Princess. 'There is a nasty frog. and said. 'I want not your pearls. plash--as if something was coming up the marble staircase: and soon afterwards there was a gentle knock at the door. but ran home with it as fast as she could. The frog called after her. and dived deep under the water. she heard a strange noise--tap.' 'What nonsense. and jewels. and rolled along upon the ground. After a time she threw it up so high that she missed catching it as it fell.' So she said to the frog. and a little voice cried out and said: 'Open the door. I will bring you your ball again. Then she began to bewail her loss. princess.' But she did not stop to hear a word. 'Alas! if I could only get my ball again. and shutting the door as fast as she could came back to her seat. 'Stay. and sleep upon your bed. a frog put its head out of the water.' thought the princess. As soon as the young princess saw her ball. I will do all you ask. and the ball bounded away. and therefore I will tell him he shall have what he asks. why do you weep so bitterly?' 'Alas!' said she. that lifted my ball for me out of the spring this morning: I told him that he should live with me here. and threw it on the edge of the spring. and everything that I have in the world. The princess looked into the spring after her ball. and said. 'at the door. my princess dear.' The frog said.

'Now I am tired. in the greenwood shade. but there he is at the door. and he wants to come in. where I will . till the morning broke. in the greenwood shade. and now I have nothing to wish for but that you should go with me into my father's kingdom. for when night came again she heard the same tapping at the door. then. hopped downstairs.get out of the spring. gazing on her with the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen. 'You. he said. so go and let him in. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool.' said the prince. that I may eat out of it. and said: 'Open the door. 'at last he is gone. where he slept all night long. took him up in her hand. and let him eat from her plate. And the third night he did the same. and that he had been fated so to abide till some princess should take him out of the spring.' But she was mistaken. He told her that he had been enchanted by a spiteful fairy. 'Pray lift me upon chair.' thought the princess. till he came up close to the table where the princess sat. and the frog came once more. and put him upon the pillow of her own bed. As soon as it was light he jumped up.' Then the king said to the young princess. and slept upon her pillow as before. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool. and when he had eaten as much as he could. and put me into your bed. the frog said.' said he to the princess.' While she was speaking the frog knocked again at the door. 'Put your plate nearer to me. and I shall be troubled with him no more. carry me upstairs. though very unwilling.' As soon as she had done this. 'Now. and went out of the house. tap--plash. 'and let me sit next to you. and the frog hopped into the room. my princess dear. 'have broken his cruel charm.' And the princess. plash--from the bottom of the room to the top. who had changed him into a frog. and standing at the head of her bed. and said: 'Open the door. my princess dear. and then straight on--tap.' She did so.' This she did.' And when the princess opened the door the frog came in. 'As you have given your word you must keep it. and sleep upon her bed for three nights. a handsome prince. instead of the frog. But when the princess awoke on the following morning she was astonished to see.

you may be sure. for no one dares take anything away from there. or else we shall suffer from hunger. the cat had no cousin. who had bewailed the misfortunes of his dear master during his enchantment so long and so bitterly. or you will be caught in a trap some day. 'by all means go. and got into the coach with eight horses. stole to the pot of fat.' All this. and not until it was evening did she return home. little mouse.' answered the mouse. that at length the mouse agreed that they should live and keep house together. was untrue. I should like a drop of sweet red christening wine myself. 'What name did they . 'But we must make a provision for winter. and licked her lips whenever she thought of the pot of fat.' The young princess. and there they lived happily a great many years. however. the cat said: 'I know no place where it will be better stored up than in the church. cannot venture everywhere. and had said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her.' said the cat. began to lick at it. and had not been asked to be godmother.marry you. here you are again.' said the mouse. decked with plumes of feathers and a golden harness. At length. looked out for opportunities. and I am to hold him over the font at the christening. and you look after the house by yourself.' 'Yes. 'no doubt you have had a merry day. and not touch it until we are really in need of it. Let me go out today. was not long in saying 'Yes' to all this. Then she took a walk upon the roofs of the town. and all set out.' The good advice was followed. yes. he is white with brown spots. and a pot of fat was bought. They then took leave of the king. We will set it beneath the altar. after much consideration. and behind the coach rode the prince's servant. that his heart had well-nigh burst. 'Well. CAT AND MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse.' answered the cat. She went straight to the church. my cousin has brought a little son into the world. and has asked me to be godmother. and said to the mouse: 'I want to tell you something. but they did not know where to put it. but it was not long before the cat had a great yearning for it. for the prince's kingdom.' 'All went off well. and then stretched herself in the sun. and as they spoke a gay coach drove up. little mouse. which they reached safely. and if you get anything very good to eat. and licked the top of the fat off. faithful Heinrich. and love you as long as you live. 'and you. think of me.' So the pot was placed in safety. full of joy and merriment. with eight beautiful horses.

but the cat crept behind the town walls to the church. 'they are such odd names.' said the cat. and said: 'Come. only it has white paws. I am again asked to be godmother. All-gone.' said she. and once more manage the house for a day alone. 'All good things go in threes. 'It will not please you more than the others. 'Nothing ever seems so good as what one keeps to oneself.' 'Yes. and put it in order. we will go to our pot of fat which we have stored up for ourselves--we shall enjoy that. and well filled and fat she did not return home till night. From this time forth no one invited the cat to be godmother. The child is quite black.' cried the mouse 'that is the most suspicious name of all! I have never seen it in print.' They set out on their way. and devoured half the pot of fat. 'When everything is eaten up one has some peace. won't you?' 'Top-off! Half-done!' answered the mouse. I cannot refuse. is it a usual one in your family?' 'What does that matter. and was quite satisfied with her day's work. they make me very thoughtful.' said she to herself. 'Half-done! What are you saying? I never heard the name in my life. I'll wager anything it is not in the calendar!' The cat's mouth soon began to water for some more licking. She said to the mouse: 'You must do me a favour. but it was empty. but the greedy cat entirely emptied the pot of fat. cat.' 'You sit at home. but when the winter had come and there was no longer anything to be found outside. and lay down to sleep. what can that mean?' and she shook her head.' Before long the cat was seized by another fit of yearning. you will let me go. 'I am asked to stand godmother again. 'now I see what has happened. it has not a single white hair on its whole body. and are filled with fancies. this only happens once every few years. curled herself up.give the child?' 'Top off!' said the cat quite coolly. 'in your dark-grey fur coat and long tail.' said she. 'He is called All-gone. 'Top off!' cried the mouse. When she went home the mouse inquired: 'And what was the child christened?' 'Half-done. 'you will enjoy it as much as you would enjoy sticking that dainty tongue of yours out of the window. as the child has a white ring round its neck. but when they arrived. 'it is no worse than Crumb-stealer. 'Alas!' said the mouse. the pot of fat certainly was still in its place. The mouse at once asked what name had been given to the third child.' answered the cat. and.' answered the cat. First .' During the cat's absence the mouse cleaned the house. 'that is a very odd and uncommon name. as your godchildren are called. but with that exception.' said the cat.' 'All-gone.' The good mouse consented.' said the cat. now it comes to light! You a true friend! You have devoured all when you were standing godmother. that's because you do not go out in the daytime. the mouse thought of their provision.

scarcely had she spoken it before the cat sprang on her. 'one word more. One day. Sadly.' . When she grew up. who was fond of the princess. Verily. for it is a charm that may be of use to you on the road. the princess began to feel very thirsty: and she said to her maid. 'Take care of it. and as the time drew near for her to be married. and dared not bring out her golden cup.' 'All-gone' was already on the poor mouse's lips. fine dresses. for I want to drink. and each had a horse for the journey. seized her. and cut off a lock of her hair. got upon her horse. and took a little knife. and I will eat you too. and her mother loved her dearly. that is the way of the world.' cried the cat. and she put the lock of hair into her bosom. and swallowed her down. 'Pray get down. who was very beautiful. and it was called Falada. and gold. I shall not be your waiting-maid any longer. and silver.' Then she was so thirsty that she got down. dear child. And there was a good fairy too. the fairy went into her bed-chamber. jewels.' 'Nay. and she wept and said. and set off on her journey to her bridegroom's kingdom.top off. she got ready to set off on her journey to his country. and said. This child was a daughter. packed up a great many costly things. And she gave her a waiting-maid to ride with her. Now the princess's horse was the fairy's gift. and helped her mother to watch over her. and drank. then--' 'Will you hold your tongue. as they were riding along by a brook. 'Alas! what will become of me?' And the lock answered her.' said the maid. and give her into the bridegroom's hands. and knelt over the little brook. and was very kind to her. and gave it to the princess. get off yourself. sadly.' Then they all took a sorrowful leave of the princess. and could speak. she was betrothed to a prince who lived a great way off. and stoop down by the water and drink. and said: 'Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. then half-done. trinkets. THE GOOSE-GIRL The king of a great land died. and fetch me some water in my golden cup out of yonder brook. and left his queen to take care of their only child. would she rue it. Then the queen her mother. for she was frightened. When the time came for them to set out. and in short everything that became a royal bride. 'if you are thirsty.

and soon afterwards to take off her royal clothes and put on her maid's shabby ones. Sadly. but the true princess was told to stay in the court below. and would have got upon Falada again. but got upon her horse again. and he saw her in the courtyard. 'What will become of me?' And the lock of hair answered her again: 'Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. so he amused himself by sitting at his kitchen window. As she looked very pretty. 'Pray get down. sadly. 'I brought her with me for the sake of her company on the road. he went up into the royal chamber to ask the bride who it was she had brought with her. now that she had lost the hair. and they went on in this way till at last they came to the royal court. and was very glad. as they drew near the end of their journey.' Then the princess was so thirsty that she got off her horse. Now she was so frightened that she did not see it.' said she. and lay down. There was great joy at their coming. that the bride began to feel very thirsty again. and marked it well. and she saw that the poor bride would be in her power. and floated away with the water. that was thus left standing in the court below. Then the waiting-maid got upon Falada. this treacherous servant threatened to kill her mistress if she ever told anyone what had happened. Then all rode farther on their journey. the maid said. and too delicate for a waiting-maid. so she was forced to give up her horse. thinking she was the one who was to be his wife. when they came to a river. and cried and said. But Falada saw it all. would she rue it. 'I shall ride upon Falada. 'pray give the girl some work to do. and you may have my horse instead'. but I shall not be your waiting-maid. and held her head over the running stream. and at last. that she may not be idle. and the prince flew to meet them. and the real bride rode upon the other horse. and the sun so scorching. she forgot her maid's rude speech. At last. Now the old king happened just then to have nothing else to do. looking at what was going on. but at last he said.But the princess was very gentle and meek. and she was led upstairs to the royal chamber.' But the maid answered her. for she knew the charm. the lock of hair fell from her bosom. So when the bride had done drinking. and fetch me some water to drink in my golden cup. and said. 'I have a lad who takes .' The old king could not for some time think of any work for her to do.' And as she leaned down to drink. but her maid saw it. and even spoke more haughtily than before: 'Drink if you will. till the day grew so warm. and lifted the maid from her horse. so she said nothing to her maid's ill behaviour.

'Dear husband. there thou hangest!' and the head answered: 'Bride. and tell all she had done to the princess. dales.' Then they went out of the city. through which she had to pass every morning and evening. sadly. for it was very unruly. but she cried: 'Blow. breezes. and away it flew over the hills: and he was forced to turn and run after it. and drove the geese on. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! Then there came a wind. that there she might still see him sometimes. Early the next morning. bride. so strong that it blew off Curdken's hat. would she rue it. she sat down upon a bank there. by the time he came back. which were all of pure silver. and let down her waving locks of hair. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. that the real bride was to help in watching the king's geese. Sadly.care of my geese. was Curdken. But the false bride said to the prince. and rocks. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. and the faithful Falada was killed. but the truth was. she said sorrowfully: 'Falada. and would have pulled some of the locks out. as she and Curdken went out through the gate. breezes. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. she was very much afraid lest Falada should some day or other speak. and begged the man to nail up Falada's head against a large dark gate of the city. but when the true princess heard of it. she had done combing and curling her . Falada.' said the prince. and cut off the head. Then the slaughterer said he would do as she wished. she may go and help him. And when she came to the meadow. she wept.' 'That I will.' Now the name of this lad. he ran up. and when Curdken saw it glitter in the sun. and plagued me sadly on the road'. She carried her point. 'Then tell one of your slaughterers to cut off the head of the horse I rode upon. till. and nailed it up under the dark gate. pray do me one piece of kindness.

there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if they mother knew it. and says: 'Falada. and would not speak to her at all. but they watched the geese until it grew dark in the evening. The next morning. and all was safe. she cries and talks with the head of a horse that hangs upon the wall. as they were going through the dark gate. there thou hangest!' and the head answers: 'Bride. and cried: 'Falada. there thou gangest! . and then drove them homewards. Falada. and wanted to take hold of it. and when he came back she had bound up her hair again. would she rue it. sadly. there thou hangest!' and the head answered: 'Bride. but she cried out quickly: 'Blow. and off it flew a great way. dales. and said. so that he had to run after it. Sadly. Curdken went to the old king. So they watched the geese till it grew dark. and began to comb out her hair as before. Falada. In the evening. and rocks. 'Because. bride. breezes.hair. and sat down again in the meadow. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. Then he was very angry and sulky. instead of doing any good.' 'Why?' said the king. and had put it up again safe.' Then the king made him tell him what had happened. after they came home. 'When we go in the morning through the dark gate with our flock of geese.' Then she drove on the geese. over the hills and far away. and Curdken ran up to her. breezes. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! Then the wind came and blew away his hat. And Curdken said. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. 'I cannot have that strange girl to help me to keep the geese any longer. she does nothing but tease me all day long. bride. the poor girl looked up at Falada's head.

and were very merry. but nobody knew her again. and hid himself in a bush by the meadow's side. would she rue it. he placed himself behind the dark gate. and how. while the true bride stood by. the old king said he would tell them a tale. and heard how meek and patient she had been. Sadly. and to leave his flock of geese to themselves. All this the old king saw: so he went home without being seen. and rocks. and the true one on the other. while the girl went on combing and curling her hair. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! And soon came a gale of wind. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. the king ordered a great feast to be got ready for all his court. and heard how she spoke to Falada. sadly. or I shall lose my life. with the false princess on one side. for that she was merely a waiting-maid. for when she had done the king ordered royal clothes to be put upon her. and she did not seem at all like the little goose-girl. and without saying anything to the false bride. and said. When they had eaten and drank. she was so beautiful. dales. And then he heard her say: 'Blow.' And Curdken went on telling the king what had happened upon the meadow where the geese fed. But the old king told the boy to go out again the next day: and when morning came. how his hat was blown away. and how Falada answered. breezes. from beginning to end. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. 'That I must not tell you or any man. and when the little goose-girl came back in the evening he called her aside. after a little time. The bridegroom sat at the top. and gazed on her with wonder. and told all the story of the . and carried away Curdken's hat. that she had no peace till she had told him all the tale. and asked her why she did so: but she burst into tears. word for word. she let down her hair that glittered in the sun.' But the old king begged so hard.Alas! alas! if they mother knew it. and he soon saw with his own eyes how they drove the flock of geese. Then he called his son and told him that he had only a false bride. And it was very lucky for her that she did so. for her beauty was quite dazzling to their eyes. now that she had her brilliant dress on. Then he went into the field. and away went Curdken after it. breezes. So he began. and how he was forced to run after it. And the young king rejoiced when he saw her beauty.

and he asked the true waiting-maid what she thought ought to be done to anyone who would behave thus. and eat as many as we can. but I'll not draw. Now. if you like. and they reigned over the kingdom in peace and happiness all their lives. 'than that she should be thrown into a cask stuck round with sharp nails. they stayed there till the evening.' While this was passing. 'let us go and make a holiday of it together. and drove.' 'With all my heart. I'll sit on the box and be coachman. So Chanticleer began to build a little carriage of nutshells: and when it was finished. This she agreed to do. 'You thieving vagabonds. and bid Chanticleer harness himself to it and draw her home. a duck came quacking up and cried out. whether it was that they had eaten so many nuts that they could not walk. and returned the duck's blows with his sharp spurs so fiercely that she soon began to cry out for mercy. 'no. 'Nothing better. they met a needle and a pin walking together along the road: and the needle cried out.' So they went to the mountains.princess. and should drag it from street to street till she was dead.' said Chanticleer to his wife Partlet. 'suppose we go together to the mountains. and Chanticleer got upon the box. before the squirrel takes them all away. duck. and the good fairy came to see them.' And away they went at a pretty good pace. I do not know: however. HOW THEY WENT TO THE MOUNTAINS TO EAT NUTS 'The nuts are quite ripe now. and restored the faithful Falada to life again. and as it was a lovely day. what business have you in my grounds? I'll give it you well for your insolence!' and upon that she fell upon Chanticleer most lustily. and that two white horses should be put to it. stop!' . which was only granted her upon condition that she would draw the carriage home for them. so shall it be done to thee. that will never do.' And the young king was then married to his true wife. or whether they were lazy and would not.' said this false bride. But Chanticleer was no coward. 'That's a good joke!' said Chanticleer.' 'Thou art she!' said the old king. 'and as thou has judged thyself. get on as fast as you can. they took it into their heads that it did not become them to go home on foot.' said Partlet. Partlet jumped into it and sat down. After they had travelled along a little way. 'Stop. THE ADVENTURES OF CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET 1. 'Now. crying. as if it was one that he had once heard. I had rather by half walk home.

and. nor to tread on Partlet's toes. and gave him the egg which Partlet had laid by the way. before it was quite light. but when he stirred it up the eggshells flew into his eyes. oh dear! the needle ran into him. suspecting the company who had come in the night before. 2. told them they might ride. and as it was bad travelling in the dark. heard them coming. and said they would give him the duck. 'Bless me!' said he. ate it up. Chanticleer observing that they were but thin fellows. he went to look after them. and took his handkerchief to wipe his face. had been at a public-house a few miles off. and this time the pain was not in his head. who slept in the open air in the yard. and threw the shells into the fireplace: they then went to the pin and needle. and gave him nothing for his trouble but their apish tricks. He now flew into a very great passion. and not likely to take up much room. and had sat drinking till they had forgotten how late it was. who ate a great deal. An hour or two afterwards the landlord got up. who were fast asleep. and almost blinded him. and. stuck one into the landlord's easy chair and the other into his handkerchief. and spent the evening very jollily. and jumping into the brook which ran close by the inn. Early in the morning. Chanticleer awakened his wife. having done this. and seizing them by the heads. and said his house was full. and when nobody was stirring in the inn. so he swore that he never again would take in such a troop of vagabonds. they spoke civilly to him. However. they made up their minds to fix their quarters there: but the landlord at first was unwilling. and waddled about a good deal from one side to the other. fetching the egg. and they bespoke a handsome supper. paid no reckoning. they crept away as softly as possible. he threw himself sulkily into his easy chair. the pin. and such dirty walking they could not get on at all: he told them that he and his friend. and the duck seemed much tired. but they were all off. the duck. thinking they might not be very respectable company: however. but made them promise not to dirty the wheels of the carriage in getting in. 'all the world seems to have a design against my head this morning': and so saying. who was in the habit of laying one every day: so at last he let them come in. and. Late at night they arrived at an inn. but the pin ran into him and pricked him: then he walked into the kitchen to light his pipe at the fire. he begged therefore that the travellers would be so kind as to give them a lift in their carriage. they pecked a hole in it.and said it was so dark that they could hardly find their way. HOW CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET WENT TO VIST MR KORBES . but. soon swam out of their reach.

Another day, Chanticleer and Partlet wished to ride out together; so Chanticleer built a handsome carriage with four red wheels, and harnessed six mice to it; and then he and Partlet got into the carriage, and away they drove. Soon afterwards a cat met them, and said, 'Where are you going?' And Chanticleer replied, 'All on our way A visit to pay To Mr Korbes, the fox, today.' Then the cat said, 'Take me with you,' Chanticleer said, 'With all my heart: get up behind, and be sure you do not fall off.' 'Take care of this handsome coach of mine, Nor dirty my pretty red wheels so fine! Now, mice, be ready, And, wheels, run steady! For we are going a visit to pay To Mr Korbes, the fox, today.' Soon after came up a millstone, an egg, a duck, and a pin; and Chanticleer gave them all leave to get into the carriage and go with them. When they arrived at Mr Korbes's house, he was not at home; so the mice drew the carriage into the coach-house, Chanticleer and Partlet flew upon a beam, the cat sat down in the fireplace, the duck got into the washing cistern, the pin stuck himself into the bed pillow, the millstone laid himself over the house door, and the egg rolled himself up in the towel. When Mr Korbes came home, he went to the fireplace to make a fire; but the cat threw all the ashes in his eyes: so he ran to the kitchen to wash himself; but there the duck splashed all the water in his face; and when he tried to wipe himself, the egg broke to pieces in the towel all over his face and eyes. Then he was very angry, and went without his supper to bed; but when he laid his head on the pillow, the pin ran into his cheek: at this he became quite furious, and, jumping up, would have run out of the house; but when he came to the door, the millstone fell down on his head, and killed him on the spot. 3. HOW PARTLET DIED AND WAS BURIED, AND HOW CHANTICLEER DIED OF GRIEF Another day Chanticleer and Partlet agreed to go again to the mountains

to eat nuts; and it was settled that all the nuts which they found should be shared equally between them. Now Partlet found a very large nut; but she said nothing about it to Chanticleer, and kept it all to herself: however, it was so big that she could not swallow it, and it stuck in her throat. Then she was in a great fright, and cried out to Chanticleer, 'Pray run as fast as you can, and fetch me some water, or I shall be choked.' Chanticleer ran as fast as he could to the river, and said, 'River, give me some water, for Partlet lies in the mountain, and will be choked by a great nut.' The river said, 'Run first to the bride, and ask her for a silken cord to draw up the water.' Chanticleer ran to the bride, and said, 'Bride, you must give me a silken cord, for then the river will give me water, and the water I will carry to Partlet, who lies on the mountain, and will be choked by a great nut.' But the bride said, 'Run first, and bring me my garland that is hanging on a willow in the garden.' Then Chanticleer ran to the garden, and took the garland from the bough where it hung, and brought it to the bride; and then the bride gave him the silken cord, and he took the silken cord to the river, and the river gave him water, and he carried the water to Partlet; but in the meantime she was choked by the great nut, and lay quite dead, and never moved any more. Then Chanticleer was very sorry, and cried bitterly; and all the beasts came and wept with him over poor Partlet. And six mice built a little hearse to carry her to her grave; and when it was ready they harnessed themselves before it, and Chanticleer drove them. On the way they met the fox. 'Where are you going, Chanticleer?' said he. 'To bury my Partlet,' said the other. 'May I go with you?' said the fox. 'Yes; but you must get up behind, or my horses will not be able to draw you.' Then the fox got up behind; and presently the wolf, the bear, the goat, and all the beasts of the wood, came and climbed upon the hearse. So on they went till they came to a rapid stream. 'How shall we get over?' said Chanticleer. Then said a straw, 'I will lay myself across, and you may pass over upon me.' But as the mice were going over, the straw slipped away and fell into the water, and the six mice all fell in and were drowned. What was to be done? Then a large log of wood came and said, 'I am big enough; I will lay myself across the stream, and you shall pass over upon me.' So he laid himself down; but they managed so clumsily, that the log of wood fell in and was carried away by the stream. Then a stone, who saw what had happened, came up and kindly offered to help poor Chanticleer by laying himself across the stream; and this time he got safely to the other side with the hearse, and managed to get Partlet out of it; but the fox and the other mourners, who were sitting behind, were too heavy, and fell back into the water and were all carried away by the stream and drowned.

Thus Chanticleer was left alone with his dead Partlet; and having dug a grave for her, he laid her in it, and made a little hillock over her. Then he sat down by the grave, and wept and mourned, till at last he died too; and so all were dead.

RAPUNZEL There were once a man and a woman who had long in vain wished for a child. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her desire. These people had a little window at the back of their house from which a splendid garden could be seen, which was full of the most beautiful flowers and herbs. It was, however, surrounded by a high wall, and no one dared to go into it because it belonged to an enchantress, who had great power and was dreaded by all the world. One day the woman was standing by this window and looking down into the garden, when she saw a bed which was planted with the most beautiful rampion (rapunzel), and it looked so fresh and green that she longed for it, she quite pined away, and began to look pale and miserable. Then her husband was alarmed, and asked: 'What ails you, dear wife?' 'Ah,' she replied, 'if I can't eat some of the rampion, which is in the garden behind our house, I shall die.' The man, who loved her, thought: 'Sooner than let your wife die, bring her some of the rampion yourself, let it cost what it will.' At twilight, he clambered down over the wall into the garden of the enchantress, hastily clutched a handful of rampion, and took it to his wife. She at once made herself a salad of it, and ate it greedily. It tasted so good to her--so very good, that the next day she longed for it three times as much as before. If he was to have any rest, her husband must once more descend into the garden. In the gloom of evening therefore, he let himself down again; but when he had clambered down the wall he was terribly afraid, for he saw the enchantress standing before him. 'How can you dare,' said she with angry look, 'descend into my garden and steal my rampion like a thief? You shall suffer for it!' 'Ah,' answered he, 'let mercy take the place of justice, I only made up my mind to do it out of necessity. My wife saw your rampion from the window, and felt such a longing for it that she would have died if she had not got some to eat.' Then the enchantress allowed her anger to be softened, and said to him: 'If the case be as you say, I will allow you to take away with you as much rampion as you will, only I make one condition, you must give me the child which your wife will bring into the world; it shall be well treated, and I will care for it like a mother.' The man in his terror consented to everything, and when the woman was brought to bed, the enchantress appeared at once, gave the child the name of Rapunzel, and took it away with her.

Rapunzel grew into the most beautiful child under the sun. When she was twelve years old, the enchantress shut her into a tower, which lay in a forest, and had neither stairs nor door, but quite at the top was a little window. When the enchantress wanted to go in, she placed herself beneath it and cried: 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.' Rapunzel had magnificent long hair, fine as spun gold, and when she heard the voice of the enchantress she unfastened her braided tresses, wound them round one of the hooks of the window above, and then the hair fell twenty ells down, and the enchantress climbed up by it. After a year or two, it came to pass that the king's son rode through the forest and passed by the tower. Then he heard a song, which was so charming that he stood still and listened. This was Rapunzel, who in her solitude passed her time in letting her sweet voice resound. The king's son wanted to climb up to her, and looked for the door of the tower, but none was to be found. He rode home, but the singing had so deeply touched his heart, that every day he went out into the forest and listened to it. Once when he was thus standing behind a tree, he saw that an enchantress came there, and he heard how she cried: 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.' Then Rapunzel let down the braids of her hair, and the enchantress climbed up to her. 'If that is the ladder by which one mounts, I too will try my fortune,' said he, and the next day when it began to grow dark, he went to the tower and cried: 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.' Immediately the hair fell down and the king's son climbed up. At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man, such as her eyes had never yet beheld, came to her; but the king's son began to talk to her quite like a friend, and told her that his heart had been so stirred that it had let him have no rest, and he had been forced to see her. Then Rapunzel lost her fear, and when he asked her if she would take him for her husband, and she saw that he was young and handsome, she thought: 'He will love me more than old Dame Gothel does'; and she said yes, and laid her hand in his. She said: 'I will willingly go away with

He heard a voice.' They agreed that until that time he should come to her every evening. and in his despair he leapt down from the tower. 'What do I hear you say! I thought I had separated you from all the world. and he could see with them as before. and yet you have deceived me!' In her anger she clutched Rapunzel's beautiful tresses. which she had cut off. you will never see her again. On the same day that she cast out Rapunzel. but the beautiful bird sits no longer singing in the nest. seized a pair of scissors with the right. snap. how it happens that you are so much heavier for me to draw up than the young king's son--he is with me in a moment. and you will take me on your horse.' The king's son was beside himself with pain. but I do not know how to get down. but instead of finding his dearest Rapunzel. and I will weave a ladder with it. The enchantress remarked nothing of this. and snip. and they lived for a long time afterwards. for the old woman came by day. Let down your hair to me. but the thorns into which he fell pierced his eyes. with the twins to which she had given birth. he found the enchantress. and the lovely braids lay on the ground. to the hook of the window. Two of her tears wetted his eyes and they grew clear again. however. wrapped them twice round her left hand. the enchantress fastened the braids of hair. the cat has got it. until once Rapunzel said to her: 'Tell me. they were cut off.' 'Ah! you wicked child. and when the king's son came and cried: 'Rapunzel. and when he approached.' she let the hair down. He led her to his kingdom where he was joyfully received. Rapunzel. And she was so pitiless that she took poor Rapunzel into a desert where she had to live in great grief and misery. 'Aha!' she cried mockingly. Thus he roamed about in misery for some years.you. Then he wandered quite blind about the forest. 'you would fetch your dearest. ate nothing but roots and berries. happy and contented. . and it seemed so familiar to him that he went towards it. The king's son ascended. Dame Gothel. He escaped with his life. and at length came to the desert where Rapunzel. and will scratch out your eyes as well.' cried the enchantress. lived in wretchedness. Bring with you a skein of silk every time that you come. a boy and a girl. and when that is ready I will descend. who gazed at him with wicked and venomous looks. Rapunzel knew him and fell on his neck and wept. and did naught but lament and weep over the loss of his dearest wife. Rapunzel is lost to you.

why are you fetching so much water?' 'If you will never repeat it to anyone. and as he entered it he heard a sound of screaming as if a little child were there. The forester climbed up. who one evening took two pails and began to fetch water. and went away. were sitting outside the . Now the forester had an old cook. I will tell you why. and at last came to a high tree. I will throw in Fundevogel. Fundevogel and Lina loved each other so dearly that when they did not see each other they were sad. and then the cook said: 'Early tomorrow morning. she would set the kettle full of water. but we will get up quickly.' He took it home. and a bird of prey had seen it in her arms. had flown down. and at the top of this a little child was sitting. throw you into it and boil you. and will boil him in it. When the water in the kettle was boiling. and went to the beds. and did not go once only. when the forester is out hunting. but many times.' Early next morning the forester got up and went out hunting. and go away together. because a bird had carried it away. old Sanna carried so many buckets of water into the house that I asked her why she was doing that. dressed themselves quickly.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now. 'Listen. But when she came in. And the one. she would never repeat it to anyone. dress ourselves. who were to run and overtake the children.' Then said Lina: 'Then will I tell you. and she said that if I would promise not to tell anyone. Last night. He followed the sound. and thought to himself: 'You will take him home with you. the cook went into the bedroom to fetch Fundevogel and throw him into it. The children. nor ever will I leave you.' So Lina said. which he had found on a tree was called Fundevogel. I will heat the water.FUNDEVOGEL There was once a forester who went into the forest to hunt. brought the child down. and she said that early tomorrow morning when father was out hunting. and she said to herself: 'What shall I say now when the forester comes home and sees that the children are gone? They must be followed instantly to get them back again. Then Lina said to Fundevogel: 'If you will never leave me. and when he was gone the children were still in bed. however. both the children were gone.' The two children therefore got up.' Then the cook sent three servants after them. old Sanna. no. therefore. and the two children grew up together. Lina saw this and said. I too will never leave you. out to the spring. for the mother had fallen asleep under the tree with the child. Then she was terribly alarmed. and set it on the high tree. and bring him up with your Lina. snatched it away. and when it is boiling in the kettle.

forest.' They had therefore to go out and look for the second time. he stretched his delicate head out of the window. the cook asked if they had not found them. The children. and when they saw from afar the three servants running. nor ever. and went with the three servants in pursuit of the children. Then Lina said: 'Fundevogel. and there was a chandelier in it. put his nose to it. he was in good spirits. cheap!' This rang pleasantly in the tailor's ears. The children. go.' Then said Lina: 'Do you become a rose-tree. however. But the duck swam quickly to her. came up to them.' Then said Fundevogel: 'Neither now. they are living still. however. and I will never leave you. Then the old cook scolded and said: 'You simpletons. Then said they: 'There is nothing to be done here. Then came a peasant woman down the street crying: 'Good jams. Then said Lina: 'Fundevogel. never leave me. nothing was there but a rose-tree and one rose on it. with a chandelier in it. and called: 'Come up here. nor ever. and have broken off the rose and brought it home with you. and . and the cook waddling after them. but the children were nowhere.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now.' The woman came up the three steps to the tailor with her heavy basket. let us go home. and when she saw the pond she lay down by it. and he made her unpack all the pots for him.' When the three servants came to the forest. and I will never leave you. and was about to drink it up. He inspected each one. and bring the chandelier home with you?' And now the old cook herself got on her legs. and if they have not died.' When they got home. and sewed with all his might. nor ever. they had found nothing but a church. lifted it up. Lina said to Fundevogel: 'Never leave me. you should have cut the rose-bush in two. They said therefore to each other: 'What can we do here. dear woman. so they said no. and do it at once. Then the children went home together.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now. THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR One summer's morning a little tailor was sitting on his table by the window. never leave me.' Said Lina: 'Be a fishpond.' Said Lina: 'Then do you become a church. here you will get rid of your goods. and I the rose upon it. And the cook scolded them and said: 'You fools! why did you not pull the church to pieces. seized her head in its beak and drew her into the water. however. and were heartily delighted. and I'll be the chandelier in it. and there the old witch had to drown. and I will never leave you. cheap! Good jams.' So when the three servants came.' and they went home and told the cook that they had seen nothing in the forest but a little rose-bush with one rose on it. nothing was there but a church.' The cook. saw from afar that the three servants were coming. saw them coming from a distance. and I will be the duck upon it.

The road led him up a mountain.' 'Is . 'The whole town shall know of this!' And the little tailor hastened to cut himself a girdle.' struck it mercilessly on them. there lay before him no fewer than seven. would not be turned away. indeed?' answered the little tailor. sewed on. The tailor put on the girdle. however. however. there sat a powerful giant looking peacefully about him. spoke to him. so you are sitting there overlooking the wide-spread world! I am just on my way thither. Have you any inclination to go with me?' The giant looked contemptuously at the tailor. The little tailor went bravely up. In the meantime the smell of the sweet jam rose to where the flies were sitting in great numbers. and could not help admiring his own bravery.' said the giant. he felt no fatigue. he found nothing but an old cheese. Before he went away. Nevertheless.at length said: 'The jam seems to me to be good. because he thought his workshop was too small for his valour. and I will give it to you. and drew a piece of cloth from the hole under his work-table. and drove the unbidden guests away. stitched it. 'there may you read what kind of a man I am!' The giant read: 'Seven at one stroke. 'the whole world shall hear of it!' and his heart wagged with joy like a lamb's tail. 'Do that likewise. 'This won't taste bitter. and unbuttoned his coat. and showed the giant the girdle.' said he. 'Hi! who invited you?' said the little tailor. and if it is a quarter of a pound that is of no consequence. dear woman. dead and with legs stretched out. and took a stone in his hand and squeezed it together so that water dropped out of it. and when he had reached the highest point of it. 'if you have strength. 'Are you a fellow of that sort?' said he.' cried the little tailor. 'and give me health and strength'. and saying: 'Wait. When he drew it away and counted. and began to feel a little respect for the tiny fellow. so he brought the bread out of the cupboard. but went away quite angry and grumbling. 'Now. and want to try my luck.' He laid the bread near him. The little tailor at last lost all patience. comrade. made bigger and bigger stitches. he sought about in the house to see if there was anything which he could take with him. and in his joy. he wished to try him first.' and thought that they had been men whom the tailor had killed. It had to go into his pocket with the cheese. cut himself a piece right across the loaf and spread the jam over it. so weigh me out four ounces. gave him what he desired. 'but I will just finish the jacket before I take a bite. and as he was light and nimble. and that he put in his pocket. who understood no German. this jam shall be blessed by God. and they were attracted and descended on it in hosts. In front of the door he observed a bird which had caught itself in the thicket.' The woman who had hoped to find a good sale. and said: 'Good day. Now he took to the road boldly. and embroidered on it in large letters: 'Seven at one stroke!' 'What. and said: 'You ragamuffin! You miserable creature!' 'Oh. the town!' he continued. but came back again in ever-increasing companies. The flies. and resolved to go forth into the world.

could go no further. the giant said: 'What is this? Have you not strength enough to hold the weak twig?' 'There is no lack of strength. little mite of a man. it sprang back again. comrade?' asked the tailor. 'but after all the stone came down to earth again. and when the giant let it go. bent it down. and bade him eat. was quite merry and happy. who could not look round. 'Do you think that could be anything to a man who has struck down seven at one blow? I leapt over the tree because the huntsmen are shooting down there in the thicket. they are the heaviest.' said he. I shall have to let the tree fall!' The tailor sprang nimbly down.' 'Readily. and threw it into the air. and yet cannot even carry the tree!' They went on together.' He took the little tailor to a mighty oak tree which lay there felled on the ground. help me to carry the tree out of the forest. and said: 'If you are strong enough. When he had fallen down again without injury. seized the tree with both arms as if he had been carrying it. 'You can certainly throw.' The giant made the attempt but he could not get over the tree. rose. I will throw you one which shall never come back at all. do that likewise. and remained hanging in the branches.' answered the little tailor.' 'Well thrown.' as if carrying the tree were child's play.' The giant took the trunk on his shoulder. and followed him. brought out the soft cheese.' answered the little man. 'that is child's play with us!' and put his hand into his pocket. and could not believe it of the little man. took out the bird. and the tailor was tossed into the air with it. flew away and did not come back. and pressed it until the liquid ran out of it. 'Now. gave it into the tailor's hand. wasn't it?' The giant did not know what to say. But the little tailor was much too weak to hold the tree. The bird. and as they passed a cherry-tree.that all?' said the tailor.' said the tailor. after all. and whistled the song: 'Three tailors rode forth from the gate. but the tailor seated himself on a branch. other giants were sitting . 'How does that shot please you.' The little tailor was willing. and the giant. and I will raise up the branches and twigs. 'that was a little better. and the little tailor into the bargain: he behind. 'Faith. The giant.' and he put his hand into his pocket. and cried: 'Hark you. When they went into the cave. so that in this also the tailor kept the upper hand. if you can do it. come with me into our cavern and spend the night with us. had to carry away the whole tree. The giant said: 'If you are such a valiant fellow. 'but now we will see if you are able to carry anything properly. 'take you the trunk on your shoulders. after he had dragged the heavy burden part of the way.' said the giant. the giant laid hold of the top of the tree where the ripest fruit was hanging. Then the giant picked up a stone and threw it so high that the eye could scarcely follow it. delighted with its liberty. Jump as I did. and said to the giant: 'You are such a great fellow.

' The giant showed him a bed. 'For this very reason have I come here. and a special dwelling was assigned him. not one of us can stand against him. and had quite forgotten the little tailor. he got up. and he sent one of his courtiers to the little tailor to offer him military service when he awoke. for he dreaded lest he should strike him and all his people dead. In a forest of his country lived two giants. however. and begged for their dismissal. and then conveyed to him this proposal.' He was therefore honourably received. took a great iron bar. With the earliest dawn the giants went into the forest. when all at once he walked up to them quite merrily and boldly. but crept into a corner. this would be a weighty and useful man who ought on no account to be allowed to depart. and the giant thought that the little tailor was lying in a sound sleep. wished that he had never set eyes on the tailor. betook themselves in a body to the king. The bed. The soldiers. always following his own pointed nose. he lay down on the grass and fell asleep.' They came therefore to a decision.' The king was sorry that for the sake of one he should lose all his faithful servants. was too big for the little tailor. 'What is to be the end of this?' they said among themselves. The little tailor looked round and thought: 'It is much more spacious here than in my workshop. But he did not venture to give him his dismissal. 'I am ready to enter the king's service. and gave it as their opinion that if war should break out. and each of them had a roasted sheep in his hand and was eating it. . 'what does the great warrior want here in the midst of peace? He must be a mighty lord. and at last found good counsel. and place himself on the royal throne. the people came and inspected him on all sides. The counsel pleased the king. and he strikes about him.' the tailor replied. When it was midnight. After he had walked for a long time. and wished him a thousand miles away. He sent to the little tailor and caused him to be informed that as he was a great warrior. were set against the little tailor. He thought about it for a long time. cut through the bed with one blow. Whilst he lay there. he came to the courtyard of a royal palace. however. waited until he stretched his limbs and opened his eyes. 'to stay with a man who kills seven at one stroke. seven of us will fall at every blow. they were afraid that he would strike them all dead. 'We are not prepared. and read on his girdle: 'Seven at one stroke. The little tailor went onwards.there by the fire.' 'Ah!' said they. he did not lie down in it.' They went and announced him to the king. he had one request to make to him. and thought he had finished off the grasshopper for good. and ran away in a great hurry. and as he felt weary. The ambassador remained standing by the sleeper. and said he was to lie down in it and sleep. The giants were terrified. 'If we quarrel with him. and would willingly have been rid of him again.' said they.

'What is the meaning of this?' cried the other 'Why are you pelting me?' 'I am not pelting you.' said the other.' he replied. 'You need not concern yourself about that. he said to his followers: 'Just stay waiting here. and do not require the help of the hundred horsemen to do it. 'That would indeed be a fine thing for a man like me!' thought the little tailor. and their eyes closed once more. but all that is to no purpose when a man like myself comes.who caused great mischief with their robbing.' said he. and half of his kingdom as a dowry. Then the little tailor leapt down. 'That is too bad!' cried he. and then let one stone after another fall on the breast of one of the giants. and defended themselves with them.' They laid themselves down to sleep again. 'It is a lucky thing. and no one could approach them without putting himself in danger of death. The other paid him back in the same coin. When he was halfway up. The little tailor. ravaging. I have finished both of them off. picked out the biggest stone. or I should have had to sprint on to another like a squirrel. They lay sleeping under a tree.' The .' Then he bounded into the forest and looked about right and left. and the hundred horsemen followed him. 'I will soon subdue the giants.' answered the first.' answered the tailor. For a long time the giant felt nothing. 'that they did not tear up the tree on which I was sitting.' 'But are you not wounded?' asked the horsemen. 'One is not offered a beautiful princess and half a kingdom every day of one's life!' 'Oh. and with these climbed up the tree. until he sat just above the sleepers. and they got into such a rage that they tore up trees and belaboured each other so long. yes.' The little tailor went forth. growling. and said: 'Why are you knocking me?' 'You must be dreaming. but we tailors are nimble. and pushed his companion against the tree until it shook. but at last he awoke. who can kill seven at one blow. but as they were weary they let the matter rest. When he came to the outskirts of the forest. likewise one hundred horsemen should go with him to assist him. They disputed about it for a time. and then the tailor threw a stone down on the second. gathered two pocketsful of stones. If the tailor conquered and killed these two giants. and snored so that the branches waved up and down. and threw it with all his might on the breast of the first giant. not idle. murdering.' He drew out his sword and gave each of them a couple of thrusts in the breast. 'they have not bent one hair of mine. he who can hit seven with one blow has no need to be afraid of two. and sprang up like a madman. pushed his comrade. he slipped down by a branch. The little tailor began his game again. but it was hard work! They tore up trees in their sore need. and burning. and then went out to the horsemen and said: 'The work is done. 'I am not knocking you. I alone will soon finish off the giants. he would give him his only daughter to wife. After a while he perceived both giants. that at last they both fell down dead on the ground at the same time.

who was now. repented of his promise. When the boar perceived the tailor. and stuck its horn so fast in the trunk that it had not the strength enough to draw it out again. Before the wedding the tailor was to catch him a wild boar that made great havoc in the forest. however. but the tailor ran round outside and shut the door behind it. Seven at one blow. and gave his daughter and the half of his kingdom. and came out from behind the tree and put the rope round its neck. went forth into the forest.' said he.horsemen would not believe him. and the huntsmen should give him their help. as if it would gore him with its horn without more ado. The little tailor demanded of the king the promised reward. it ran on him with foaming mouth and whetted tusks. I have got the bird. In the forest roams a unicorn which does great harm. and then the raging beast. and made a third demand. and in one bound out again. there they found the giants swimming in their blood. The unicorn ran against the tree with all its strength. and when all was ready he led the beast away and took it to the king. and stood still and waited until the animal was quite close. and rushed directly on the tailor.' 'I fear one unicorn still less than two giants. he. and again bade those who were sent with him to wait outside. The hero. 'that is child's play!' He did not take the huntsmen with him into the forest. and then sprang nimbly behind the tree. and they were well pleased that he did not. The little tailor called the huntsmen thither that they might see the prisoner with their own eyes. The boar ran after him. and the half of my kingdom. The king still would not give him the promised reward. 'you must perform one more heroic deed. 'Softly. softly. for the wild boar had several times received them in such a manner that they had no inclination to lie in wait for him. The unicorn soon came towards him. and was about to throw him to the ground. Had he known that it was no warlike hero. and out of a tailor a king was made. is my kind of affair. but the hero fled and sprang into a chapel which was near and up to the window at once. 'Willingly. and again bethought himself how he could get rid of the hero. . 'Now. The wedding was held with great magnificence and small joy.' said the tailor. went to the king. and then with his axe he hewed the horn out of the tree.' He took a rope and an axe with him. obliged to keep his promise. He had not long to seek. and all round about lay the torn-up trees.' said he to him.' said the tailor. 'Before you receive my daughter. which was much too heavy and awkward to leap out of the window. and rode into the forest. whether he liked it or not. it can't be done as quickly as that. however. was caught. and you must catch it first. and thus it was caught. but a little tailor who was standing before him. it would have gone to his heart still more than it did.

and we shall be rid of them. there we will light a fire for them. 'I will not do that. 'early tomorrow morning we will take the children out into the forest to where it is the thickest. and informed him of the whole plot. HANSEL AND GRETEL Hard by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. make me the doublet. and am I to fear those who are standing outside the room.' When these men heard the tailor speaking thus. and begged him to help her to get rid of her husband. At night he went to bed with his wife at the usual time. He had little to bite and to break. and when she thought that he had fallen asleep. I brought away one unicorn. and when he has fallen asleep shall go in. and tossed about in his anxiety.' answered the woman. they were overcome by a great dread.' Then she discovered in what state of life the young lord had been born. 'then we must all four die of hunger. bind him.' 'No. he groaned and said to his wife: 'What is to become of us? How are we to feed our poor children. and my servants shall stand outside. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. husband. and take him on board a ship which shall carry him into the wide world. who was only pretending to be asleep. and none of them would venture anything further against him. and next morning complained of her wrongs to her father. and once when great dearth fell on the land. and then we will go to our work and leave them alone. wife. when we no longer have anything even for ourselves?' 'I'll tell you what. how can I bear to leave my children alone in the forest?--the wild animals would soon come and tear them to pieces. was friendly with the young lord. she got up. and ran as if the wild huntsman were behind them. you fool!' said she. or else I will rap the yard-measure over your ears. 'I'll put a screw into that business. So the little tailor was and remained a king to the end of his life. or I will rap the yard-measure over your ears. The little tailor. I killed two giants. who had heard all. They will not find the way home again.' 'O. and give each of them one more piece of bread. who was nothing else but a tailor.' said the little tailor. began to cry out in a clear voice: 'Boy. Now when he thought over this by night in his bed. I smote seven at one blow. and then lay down again.After some time the young queen heard her husband say in his dreams at night: 'Boy. but the king's armour-bearer. and caught a wild boar. you may as well plane the planks for our .' The woman was satisfied with this. The king comforted her and said: 'Leave your bedroom door open this night. make me the doublet and patch me the pantaloons. opened the door. and patch the pantaloons. he could no longer procure even daily bread.' said the man.

and when noon came. And as they had been sitting such a long time. their eyes closed with fatigue. and did so again and again. lay yourselves down by the fire and rest. When they had reached the middle of the forest. children. we will go into the forest and cut some wood.' Hansel. the woman came and awoke the two children.coffins. the woman said: 'Now. Then he went back and said to Gretel: 'Be comforted. he got up. Gretel began to cry and . The moon shone brightly. but had been constantly throwing one of the white pebble-stones out of his pocket on the road. Hansel stood still and peeped back at the house.' She gave each a little piece of bread. 'But I feel very sorry for the poor children. Then they all set out together on the way to the forest. When at last they awoke.' Hansel and Gretel sat by the fire. however. dear little sister.' said Hansel.' and she left him no peace until he consented. and said: 'There is something for your dinner. which is sitting up on the roof. all the same. what are you looking at there and staying behind for? Pay attention. When we have done. When they had walked a short time. and sleep in peace. 'I am looking at my little white cat. The brushwood was lighted.' Gretel took the bread under her apron. but before the sun had risen. saying: 'Get up. and the white pebbles which lay in front of the house glittered like real silver pennies. that is not your little cat. you sluggards! we are going into the forest to fetch wood. but a branch which he had fastened to a withered tree which the wind was blowing backwards and forwards. and when the flames were burning very high.' 'Ah.' The wife said: 'Fool.' said Hansel. children. and do not forget how to use your legs. as high as a little hill. and they fell fast asleep. and as they heard the strokes of the wood-axe they believed that their father was near. Hansel stooped and stuffed the little pocket of his coat with as many as he could get in. but do not eat it up before then.' said the man. opened the door below. and crept outside. Gretel. The two children had also not been able to sleep for hunger.' And when the old folks had fallen asleep. as Hansel had the pebbles in his pocket.' 'Be quiet. It was not the axe. each ate a little piece of bread. put on his little coat. God will not forsake us. I will soon find a way to help us. and said to Hansel: 'Now all is over with us.' and he lay down again in his bed. pile up some wood. His father said: 'Hansel.' Hansel and Gretel gathered brushwood together. that is the morning sun which is shining on the chimneys. and I will light a fire that you may not be cold. had not been looking back at the cat. it was already dark night. Gretel wept bitter tears. however. the father said: 'Now. 'do not distress yourself. and had heard what their stepmother had said to their father. for you will get nothing else. and wants to say goodbye to me. we will come back and fetch you away. When day dawned. father.

we have one half loaf left. and he thought: 'It would be better for you to share the last mouthful with your children.' The woman. 'Fool!' said the woman. and wanted to go out and pick up pebbles as he had done before. Not long afterwards. but scolded and reproached him. however. he had to do so a second time also.' Hansel. that is the morning sun that is shining on the chimney. likewise. however. Nevertheless he comforted his little sister.' 'I am looking back at my little pigeon which is sitting on the roof. Hansel again got up. for it had cut him to the heart to leave them behind alone. and said: 'Do not cry. and as he had yielded the first time. were still awake and had heard the conversation.' answered Hansel. there was once more great dearth throughout the land.said: 'How are we to get out of the forest now?' But Hansel comforted her and said: 'Just wait a little. 'Hansel. and followed the pebbles which shone like newly-coined silver pieces. He who says A must say B. Then a great fire was again made. and often stood still and threw a morsel on the ground. however little by little. but it was still smaller than the time before. Their piece of bread was given to them. we will take them farther into the wood. and then we will soon find the way. They knocked at the door. They walked the whole night long. and wants to say goodbye to me. you children. Gretel. and the mother said: 'Just sit there. and showed them the way. however. On the way into the forest Hansel crumbled his in his pocket. and when the woman opened it and saw that it was Hansel and Gretel. there is no other means of saving ourselves!' The man's heart was heavy. but the woman had locked the door. The children. until the moon has risen. When the old folks were asleep. why do you stop and look round?' said the father. and when you are tired .' And when the full moon had risen. why have you slept so long in the forest?--we thought you were never coming back at all!' The father. 'that is not your little pigeon. Hansel took his little sister by the hand. and by break of day came once more to their father's house. would listen to nothing that he had to say.' Early in the morning came the woman. rejoiced. and took the children out of their beds. The children must go. and the children heard their mother saying at night to their father: 'Everything is eaten again. the good God will help us. so that they will not find their way out again. she said: 'You naughty children. threw all the crumbs on the path. The woman led the children still deeper into the forest. 'go on. and Hansel could not get out. where they had never in their lives been before. and that is the end. go to sleep quietly.

who liked the taste of the roof.' but they did not find it. and Hansel comforted his little sister and said: 'Just wait. we are going into the forest to cut wood. and you Gretel. but they always came deeper into the forest. and in the evening when we are done. on the roof of which it alighted. Who is nibbling at my little house?' The children answered: 'The wind. 'We will set to work on that. Hansel said to Gretel: 'We shall soon find the way. When it was mid-day. and broke off a little of the roof to try how it tasted. Gretel shared her piece of bread with Hansel. it will taste sweet. they saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting on a bough. who had scattered his by the way.you may sleep a little.' When the moon came they set out. we will come and fetch you away. but that the windows were of clear sugar. they must die of hunger and weariness. which grew on the ground. the wind. They walked the whole night and all the next day too from morning till evening. and then we shall see the crumbs of bread which I have strewn about. for the many thousands of birds which fly about in the woods and fields had picked them all up. it spread its wings and flew away before them. and enjoyed herself with it. and if help did not come soon. but they did not get out of the forest.' When it was noon. Hansel. And when its song was over. they lay down beneath a tree and fell asleep. Suddenly the door opened. which sang so delightfully that they stood still and listened to it. and they followed it until they reached a little house. until the moon rises. can eat some of the window. They did not awake until it was dark night. sat down. and when they approached the little house they saw that it was built of bread and covered with cakes. who . and a woman as old as the hills. And as they were so weary that their legs would carry them no longer. for they had nothing to eat but two or three berries.' Hansel reached up above. but they found no crumbs. they will show us our way home again.' and went on eating without disturbing themselves. They began to walk again. Gretel. Then a soft voice cried from the parlour: 'Nibble. I will eat a bit of the roof. gnaw. and Gretel pushed out the whole of one round window-pane. and were very hungry. The heaven-born wind. 'and have a good meal. nibble.' said Hansel. Then they fell asleep and evening passed. It was now three mornings since they had left their father's house. and Gretel leant against the window and nibbled at the panes. tore down a great piece of it. but no one came to the poor children.

and was astonished that there was no way of fattening him. she was in reality a wicked witch. you dear children. do help us. tomorrow I will kill him. he is in the stable outside. for she was forced to do what the wicked witch commanded. When a child fell into her power. and cannot see far. and how her tears did flow down her cheeks! 'Dear God. it would not help him. I will eat him. however. stretched out a little bone to her. lazy thing. she was already up. and nuts.' Ah. and stay with me. and Hansel and Gretel lay down in them. came creeping out. who has brought you here? do come in. Then good food was set before them. stretch out your finger that I may feel if you will soon be fat. but they have a keen scent like the beasts. The old woman. cooked and ate it. No harm shall happen to you. and said mockingly: 'I have them. she laughed with malice.' she cried to the girl. 'it won't help you at all. how the poor little sister did lament when she had to fetch the water. and the old woman. Scream as he might. carried him into a little stable. and thought they were in heaven. and thought it was Hansel's finger.supported herself on crutches.' She took them both by the hand.' she cried. and cook him.' said the old woman. and cried: 'Hansel. And now the best food was cooked for poor Hansel. Witches have red eyes. Every morning the woman crept to the little stable.' Gretel began to weep bitterly. 'stir yourself. with their plump and rosy cheeks she muttered to herself: 'That will be a dainty mouthful!' Then she seized Hansel with her shrivelled hand. and Hansel still remained thin. milk and pancakes. she was seized with impatience and would not wait any longer. nodded her head. and cried: 'Get up. apples. Then she went to Gretel. we should at any rate have died together. Afterwards two pretty little beds were covered with clean white linen.' Hansel. with sugar. Hansel and Gretel were so terribly frightened that they let fall what they had in their hands. who had dim eyes. and are aware when human beings draw near. and said: 'Oh. When four weeks had gone by. and bring some water. and when she saw both of them sleeping and looking so pretty. Gretel. 'If the wild beasts in the forest had but devoured us. then. When Hansel and Gretel came into her neighbourhood. who lay in wait for children. and led them into her little house. they shall not escape me again!' Early in the morning before the children were awake. and locked him in behind a grated door. and cook something good for your brother. When he is fat. The old woman had only pretended to be so kind. 'Now. but Gretel got nothing but crab-shells.' 'Just keep your noise to yourself. but it was all in vain. however. Let Hansel be fat or lean. and is to be made fat. and had only built the little house of bread in order to entice them there.' . fetch some water. shook her till she awoke. she killed it. and that was a feast day with her. could not see it.

'We cannot cross. 'We will bake first. Gretel . she will help us over. Hansel and Gretel are waiting for thee? There's never a plank.' said Hansel.' replied Gretel. Oh! then she began to howl quite horribly. from which flames of fire were already darting. Then Gretel gave her a push that drove her far into it. and at length they saw from afar their father's house.' said Hansel. and Hansel seated himself on its back.' and filled her pinafore full. The man had not known one happy hour since he had left the children in the forest.' answered Gretel. and fastened the bolt. and Gretel said: 'I. she intended to shut the oven and let her bake in it. so that we can put the bread in.' said the old woman. just look. too.' Then she cried: 'Little duck.' 'And there is also no ferry. 'and see if it is properly heated. will take something home with me. 'I see no foot-plank. 'that we may get out of the witch's forest. 'I have already heated the oven. 'No. Then they began to run. and when they were once safely across and had walked for a short time. too. and threw themselves round their father's neck.' said the old woman.' She pushed poor Gretel out to the oven. Take us across on thy back so white. 'The door is big enough. I can get in myself!' and she crept up and thrust her head into the oven. and then she would eat her. they went into the witch's house.' The duck came to them. but Gretel ran away and the godless witch was miserably burnt to death. and shut the iron door. How they did rejoice and embrace each other. 'Creep in. and in every corner there stood chests full of pearls and jewels. however. and cried: 'Hansel. however.' When they had walked for two hours. little duck.Early in the morning. rushed into the parlour. one after the other. was dead. and light the fire. ran like lightning to Hansel. 'But now we must be off. Gretel. and no bridge. 'that will be too heavy for the little duck. we are saved! The old witch is dead!' Then Hansel sprang like a bird from its cage when the door is opened.' said the witch. and dance about and kiss each other! And as they had no longer any need to fear her. 'These are far better than pebbles!' said Hansel. she shall take us across. and kneaded the dough. opened his little stable.' The good little duck did so. 'but a white duck is swimming there: if I ask her. and told his sister to sit by him. But Gretel saw what she had in mind. the woman. and said: 'I do not know how I am to do it. how do I get in?' 'Silly goose. and thrust into his pockets whatever could be got in.' And once Gretel was inside. the forest seemed to be more and more familiar to them. dost thou see. or bridge in sight. Gretel had to go out and hang up the cauldron with the water. they came to a great stretch of water.

THE BIRD. and a sausage. there runs a mouse. the bird made the fire. and there they were. Influenced by those remarks. and to try some other way of arranging the work. may make himself a big fur cap out of it. he just threw himself into the broth. But the . buttered. the bird next morning refused to bring in the wood. entered into partnership and set up house together. to the mouse to cook. AND THE SAUSAGE Once upon a time. But the other bird sneered at him for being a poor simpleton. Beg and pray as the mouse and the sausage might. The bird's duty was to fly daily into the wood and bring in fuel. a bird. and that it was now time to make a change. For. Then. My tale is done. who did all the hard work. a mouse. met a fellow bird. And now what happened? The sausage started in search of wood. while the other two stayed at home and had a good time of it. the bird remained master of the situation. while out one day. They therefore drew lots. When people are too well off they always begin to long for something new. to whom he boastfully expatiated on the excellence of his household arrangements. whosoever catches it. it was of no use. and they lived together in perfect happiness. and Hansel threw one handful after another out of his pocket to add to them. when the bird came home and had laid aside his burden. For a long time all went well. Then all anxiety was at an end. and the venture had to be made. she could retire into her little room and rest until it was time to set the table. and salted.emptied her pinafore until pearls and precious stones ran about the room. and it fell to the sausage to bring in the wood. and ready to be served. telling the others that he had been their servant long enough. and the sausage saw to the cooking. the mouse fetched the water. and when they had finished their meal. and then these two waited till the sausage returned with the fuel for the following day. when the mouse had made the fire and fetched in the water. and had been a fool into the bargain. they could sleep their fill till the following morning: and that was really a very delightful life. they lived in great comfort. THE MOUSE. and when it was near dinner-time. that the bird. and to the bird to fetch the water. they sat down to table. or rolled in and out among the vegetables three or four times. and the mouse put on the pot. The sausage had only to watch the pot to see that the food was properly cooked. And so it came to pass. and prospered so far as to be able to add considerably to their stores.

She ran home crying to tell of her misfortune. that they became uneasy. and the bird flew out to meet him. caught fire and began to blaze. but nothing he said was of any avail. The mother. there to spin until she made her fingers bleed. wishing to prepare it in the same way as the sausage. by rolling in and out among the vegetables to salt and butter them. he threw the wood here and there about the floor. but her stepmother spoke harshly to her. and so seized and swallowed him. So now the bird set the table. for the dog answered that he found false credentials on the sausage. but he could nowhere see the cook. but she stopped short long before she reached the bottom. had regarded him as his legitimate booty. 'As you have let the spindle fall into the well you may go yourself and fetch it out. he was drowned. however. when he came across a dog who. loved the ugly and lazy one best. and at last in . He picked up the wood. and that was the reason his life had been forfeited. and flew sadly home. Then some of the wood that had been carelessly thrown down. Now it chanced one day that some blood fell on to the spindle. They were both very unhappy. having already parted not only with her skin and hair. having met the sausage. and as the girl stopped over the well to wash it off.' The girl went back to the well not knowing what to do. and after giving her a violent scolding. In his alarm and flurry. who was only her stepdaughter. called and searched. she jumped into the pot. and was quite the Cinderella of the family. and told the mouse all he had seen and heard. but no cook was to be found. the spindle suddenly sprang out of her hand and fell into the well. MOTHER HOLLE Once upon a time there was a widow who had two daughters. He had not flown far. was made to do all the work of the house. and so the other. but his pail fell into the well. The bird hastened to fetch some water. one of them was beautiful and industrious. The bird complained to the dog of this bare-faced robbery. but agreed to make the best of things and to remain with one another. Presently the bird came in and wanted to serve up the dinner. and the mouse looked after the food and. and as he was unable to recover himself. Her stepmother sent her out every day to sit by the well in the high road. and he after it. because she was her own daughter. but also with life. the other ugly and lazy. said unkindly.sausage remained so long away. however.

to make my bed in the right way. so that the feathers fly about. But the old woman called after her. that she was terrified. She could not at first tell why she felt sad. one and all. she went to Mother Holle and said. She walked over the meadow. Then she carefully gathered the apples together in a heap and walked on again.her distress she jumped into the water after the spindle. that it is snowing. although she was a thousand times better off with Mother Holle than with her mother and sister. 'I am pleased that you should want to go back to your own people. and as you have served me so well and faithfully. I pray. that the girl summoned up courage and agreed to enter into her service. You must be very careful. with such large teeth. and there she saw an old woman looking out. if you will do the work of my house properly for me.' cried the tree. The old woman was as good as her word: she never spoke angrily to her. 'Shake me. and with countless flowers blooming in every direction. then she knew she was homesick. She remembered nothing more until she awoke and found herself in a beautiful meadow. or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder. but she became conscious at last of great longing to go home. so that the feathers flew about like so many snowflakes. and the loaves cried out to her. 'my apples. that I cannot stay with you any longer. So she stayed on with Mother Holle for some time. take us out. dear child? Stay with me.' So she took the bread-shovel and drew them all out. I must return to my own people. and gave her roast and boiled meats every day. however. 'I am so homesick. She took care to do everything according to the old woman's bidding and every time she made the bed she shook it with all her might. She went on a little farther. 'Take us out. we were baked through long ago. are ripe.' The old woman spoke so kindly. shake me. 'What are you afraid of. I . till she came to a free full of apples.' Then Mother Holle said. I will make you very happy. and the apples came falling down upon her like rain.' So she shook the tree. for I am Mother Holle. full of sunshine. After waiting awhile. The next thing she came to was a little house. for although I am so happy here. for I wish you always to shake it thoroughly. and then she began to grow unhappy. and presently she came upon a baker's oven full of bread. and turned to run away. down there in the world. then they say. but she continued shaking until there was not a single apple left upon it.

she neglected to . I pray. they gave her a warm welcome. one and all. my apples. she began to dawdle over her work. and the third day she was more idle still. for she thought of the gold she should get in return. then she threw it into the well. a shower of gold fell upon her. 'Take us out.' and passed on. But she only answered. and as she had heard all about the large teeth from her sister. shake me. she was not afraid of them. however. So she made the sister go and sit by the well and spin. and exerted herself to please Mother Holle. one of the apples might fall on my head. The next day. The first day she was very obedient and industrious. Presently she came to the apple-tree. then she began to lie in bed in the mornings and refused to get up. take us out. and as she spoke she handed her the spindle which she had dropped into the well. or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder. and the girl found herself back in the old world close to her mother's house. and jumped in herself.' Thereupon she led the girl by the hand up to a broad gateway. 'Shake me. Like her sister she awoke in the beautiful meadow.will take you home myself. she thought she should like her ugly. At last she came to Mother Holle's house.' Then she went in to her mother and sister. As she entered the courtyard. lazy daughter to go and try her fortune. so that she was covered with it from head to foot. Worse still. and as the girl passed through.' it cried. called out: 'Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your golden daughter's come back to you. 'A nice thing to ask me to do. and the girl pricked her finger and thrust her hand into a thorn-bush. and when the mother heard how she had come by her great riches. The gate was then closed.' said Mother Holle. and walked over it till she came to the oven. 'That is a reward for your industry. But the lazy girl answered. and the gold clung to her. 'Do you think I am going to dirty my hands for you?' and walked on. so that she might drop some blood on to the spindle. She related to them all that had happened.' cried the loaves as before. The gate was opened. we were baked through long ago. the cock who was perched on the well. and as she was so richly covered with gold. are ripe. and engaged herself without delay to the old woman.

and just as Little Red-Cap entered the wood. and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child. The grandmother lived out in the wood. a wolf met her. she could not get the pitch off and it stuck to her as long as she lived. try what she would. and don't peep into every corner before you do it. and when you are going. as she had led her sister. a great bucketful of pitch came pouring over her. The lazy girl was delighted at this. and was not at all afraid of him. and the cock on the well called out as she saw her: 'Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your dirty daughter's come back to you. instead of the shower of gold. LITTLE RED-CAP [LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD] Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her. . Set out before it gets hot. Little Red-Cap. half a league from the village. so she was always called 'Little Red-Cap. 'The gold will soon be mine. and she shut the gate. and thought to herself. but most of all by her grandmother.' But.' said Little Red-Cap to her mother. take them to your grandmother. and told her she might go. which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else. Once she gave her a little cap of red velvet. to the broad gateway. So Mother Holle very soon got tired of her.make the old woman's bed properly. Red-Cap did not know what a wicked creature he was. and then your grandmother will get nothing.' Mother Holle led her. she is ill and weak. and gave her hand on it.' 'I will take great care. "Good morning". here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine. don't forget to say. So the lazy girl had to go home covered with pitch.' One day her mother said to her: 'Come. and forgot to shake it so that the feathers might fly about. 'That is in return for your services. and when you go into her room. but as she was passing through. and they will do her good. or you may fall and break the bottle.' said the old woman. walk nicely and quietly and do not run off the path.

'Good day. It is so early in the day that I shall still get there in good time'.' So he walked for a short time by the side of Little Red-Cap.' Little Red-Cap raised her eyes. Little Red-Cap. yesterday was baking-day. and when she saw the sunbeams dancing here and there through the trees.' replied Little Red-Cap. so as to catch both. I must act craftily. you walk gravely along as if you were going to school. 'She is bringing cake and wine. open the door. the nut-trees are just below. 'Thank you kindly. 'Who is there?' 'Little Red-Cap. how pretty the flowers are about here--why do you not look round? I believe. she fancied that she saw a still prettier one farther on. and pretty flowers growing everywhere. and so she ran from the path into the wood to look for flowers. The wolf thought to himself: 'What a tender young creature! what a nice plump mouthful--she will be better to eat than the old woman. and then he said: 'See. she thought: 'Suppose I take grandmother a fresh nosegay. and ran after it. you surely must know it. wolf.' said he.' 'Whither away so early. her house stands under the three large oak-trees. Little Red-Cap?' 'To my grandmother's.' . And whenever she had picked one.' 'Where does your grandmother live. so poor sick grandmother is to have something good.' 'What have you got in your apron?' 'Cake and wine. while everything else out here in the wood is merry. Little Red-Cap?' 'A good quarter of a league farther on in the wood. Little Red-Cap. Meanwhile the wolf ran straight to the grandmother's house and knocked at the door.' replied the wolf. and so got deeper and deeper into the wood. too. that you do not hear how sweetly the little birds are singing. that would please her too. to make her stronger.

grandmother. There lay her grandmother with her cap pulled far over her face. and cannot get up. she had such a strange feeling that she said to herself: 'Oh dear! how uneasy I feel today. and looking very strange.' but received no answer.' So he went into the room. she remembered her grandmother. She was surprised to find the cottage-door standing open. so she went to the bed and drew back the curtains. 'what big ears you have!' 'The better to hear you with. grandmother. and set out on the way to her.' 'Oh! but. and at other times I like being with grandmother so much. grandmother. The huntsman was just passing the house. the door sprang open.' was the reply. he lay down again in the bed. my dear.' called out the grandmother. what large hands you have!' 'The better to hug you with. and without saying a word he went straight to the grandmother's bed.' The wolf lifted the latch. what a terrible big mouth you have!' 'The better to eat you with!' And scarcely had the wolf said this. 'But. it occurred to him that the wolf might have . 'Oh! grandmother. and when he came to the bed. dressed himself in her cap laid himself in bed and drew the curtains. and when she had gathered so many that she could carry no more. and devoured her. 'The better to see you with. When the wolf had appeased his appetite. Little Red-Cap.' She called out: 'Good morning. than with one bound he was out of bed and swallowed up Red-Cap. 'Do I find you here. fell asleep and began to snore very loud. and when she went into the room. you old sinner!' said he. 'I have long sought you!' Then just as he was going to fire at him. had been running about picking flowers. and thought to himself: 'How the old woman is snoring! I must just see if she wants anything.'Lift the latch. what big eyes you have!' she said. he saw that the wolf was lying in it. 'I am too weak. Then he put on her clothes. however. my child.' she said.' 'But.

' Red-Cap carried until the great trough was quite full. to run into the wood. how frightened I have been! How dark it was inside the wolf'. that he may not come in. Red-Cap. I will never by myself leave the path. Then the smell of the sausages reached the wolf. but took a pair of scissors.' said the grandmother. was on her guard. but with such a wicked look in his eyes. and no one ever did anything to harm her again. and went straight forward on her way. so she said to the child: 'Take the pail. and then he made two snips more. so the grey-beard stole twice or thrice round the house. and the little girl sprang out. I made some sausages yesterday. The huntsman drew off the wolf's skin and went home with it. and slipped down from the roof straight into the great trough. and that he had said 'good morning' to her. Red-Cap.devoured the grandmother. he wanted to run away.' But they did not speak. however. grandmother. when my mother has forbidden me to do so. intending to wait until Red-Cap went home in the evening. and told her grandmother that she had met the wolf. and after that the aged grandmother came out alive also. but Red-Cap thought to herself: 'As long as I live. 'we will shut the door. and he sniffed and peeped down. that if they had not been on the public road she was certain he would have eaten her up. quickly fetched great stones with which they filled the wolf's belly. I am Little Red-Cap. or open the door. so carry the water in which I boiled them to the trough. and then to steal after her and devour her in the darkness. and was drowned. Red-Cap. another wolf spoke to her. the grandmother ate the cake and drank the wine which Red-Cap had brought. In front of the house was a great stone trough. he saw the little Red-Cap shining. Then all three were delighted.' It also related that once when Red-Cap was again taking cakes to the old grandmother. and cried: 'Open the door. and at last jumped on the roof. and when he awoke. but scarcely able to breathe. and am bringing you some cakes. and tried to entice her from the path. crying: 'Ah.' Soon afterwards the wolf knocked. and revived. so he did not fire. . But Red-Cap went joyously home. But the grandmother saw what was in his thoughts. but the stones were so heavy that he collapsed at once. however. 'Well. and fell dead. When he had made two snips. and began to cut open the stomach of the sleeping wolf. and that she might still be saved. and at last stretched out his neck so far that he could no longer keep his footing and began to slip.

At last she came to the cellar.' Not long after a suitor appeared. young maiden fair. going from room to room of the house.' asked the girl. and a great silence reigned throughout. I have already invited guests for that day. darkest part of the forest. and these she followed. throwing down some peas on either side of her at every step she took. Suddenly a voice cried: 'Turn back. Again it cried: 'Turn back. There she saw a lonely house. Linger not in this murderers' lair. She tried to excuse herself by saying that she would not be able to find the way thither. very old woman. and that she might be able to find her path again. On reaching the entrance to the forest she found the path strewed with ashes. that it did not please her at all. and it was time for the girl to start.' she answered. who could not keep her head from shaking. She stepped inside.' The girl looked up and saw that the voice came from a bird hanging in a cage on the wall.' 'I do not know where your house is. looking so grim and mysterious. she filled her pockets with peas and lentils to sprinkle on the ground as she went along. turn back.' he said. he betrothed his daughter to him.' When Sunday came. turn back. young maiden fair. She did not feel that she could trust him. and as she was grown up. I will strew ashes along the path. and she could not look at him nor think of him without an inward shudder. 'Can you tell me. he was anxious that she should be well married and provided for. and still she saw no one. She walked the whole day until she came to the deepest. 'My house is out there in the dark forest. 'You must come and see me next Sunday. but not a soul was to be seen.THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM There was once a miller who had one beautiful daughter. But the girl did not care for the man as a girl ought to care for her betrothed husband. 'I will give her to the first suitable man who comes and asks for her hand. 'You have not yet paid me a visit. Her betrothed only replied. 'if my betrothed husband lives here?' . One day he said to her. and there sat a very. although we have been betrothed for some time. but they were all empty.' The girl passed on. and that you may not mistake the way. Linger not in this murderers' lair. He said to himself. a feeling of dread came over her which she could not explain. and as he appeared to be very rich and the miller could see nothing in him with which to find fault.

'Ah. Tonight. Then they tore of her dainty clothing. dragging another young girl along with them. we will flee together. The poor betrothed girl crouched trembling and shuddering behind the cask. but the peas and . I have long been waiting for an opportunity to escape. he took a hatchet and cut off the finger. and one of yellow. one of red. The robber took a light and began looking for it. but the finger sprang into the air. for she saw what a terrible fate had been intended for her by the robbers. But God helped her. They were all drunk. 'Come and eat your suppers. the finger won't run away.' answered the old woman. but it is with death that you will keep your marriage feast. but he could not find it. you poor child. for they are eaters of men. But the old woman called out. and as he could not draw it off easily. The old woman then mixed a sleeping draught with their wine.' said the robbers. and then she and the old woman went upstairs. and fell behind the cask into the lap of the girl who was hiding there. and every moment she was filled with renewed dread lest she should awaken them. You think yourself a promised bride. you would be lost. and cut her beautiful body into pieces. who were lying close together. 'what a place for you to come to! This is a murderers' den. fast asleep and snoring. and cook and eat you. She was obliged to step over the bodies of the sleepers. 'do not move or speak. They found the ashes scattered by the wind. and with that her heart gave way and she died. three glasses full. Look. and hastened as fast as they could from the murderers' den. One of them now noticed a gold ring still remaining on the little finger of the murdered girl. do you see that large cauldron of water which I am obliged to keep on the fire! As soon as they have you in their power they will kill you without mercy. and let the thing be till tomorrow. when the robbers are all asleep. and that your marriage will soon take place. which quite hid her from view. opened the door.' she said. and paid no heed to her cries and lamentations. and sprinkled salt upon it.' Thereupon the old woman led her behind a large cask. so that she passed safely over them. 'Keep as still as a mouse. 'Have you looked behind the large cask?' said one of the others. and before long they were all lying on the floor of the cellar. one of white wine.' 'The old woman is right. or it will be all over with you. If I did not take pity on you and save you.' The words were hardly out of her mouth when the godless crew returned. As soon as the girl was assured of this. and they ceased looking for the finger and sat down. They gave her wine to drink. laid her on a table. she came from behind the cask.

then. but he will kill you without mercy and afterwards cook and eat you.' 'I went on through the house from room to room.' 'The old woman hid me behind a large cask. "Ah. this is only a dream.' 'I will tell you a dream. this is only a dream. to guide them in the moonlight along the path. young maiden fair.' said the bride. this is only a dream. red. and yellow. for the miller had taken care to invite all his friends and relations. 'I went alone through a forest and came at last to a house. who could not keep her head still. They gave her three kinds of wine to drink.' 'My darling.lentils had sprouted. 'is there no tale you know? Tell us something. but they were all empty. and she answered.' said the bridegroom. each guest in turn was asked to tell a tale. not a soul could I find within."' 'My darling. As they sat at the feast. but a bird that was hanging in a cage on the wall cried: 'Turn back. All night long they walked. you are come to a murderers' den. dragging a young girl along with them. The bridegroom arrived and also a large company of guests. and it was morning before they reached the mill.' 'My darling. white. 'And you. your betrothed does indeed live here. this is only a dream. the bride sat still and did not say a word.' 'My darling. The day came that had been fixed for the marriage. you poor child. and everything was so grim and mysterious. turn back.' and again a second time it said these words. Then the girl told her father all that had happened. turning to her. and there sat a very. my love. Linger not in this murderers' lair.' 'Then they tore off her dainty clothing. I asked her if my betrothed lived here. and with that she died. and grown sufficiently above the ground. very old woman. At last I went down to the cellar.' . and cut her beautiful body into pieces and sprinkled salt upon it. and scarcely had she done this when the robbers returned home.

father.' said he. sighing. he said. his eyes were sharp and sparkling. not long afterwards. and. smoking his pipe by the fireside. if it were no bigger than my thumb--I should be very happy. 'if my mother will only harness the horse. but was not much bigger than my thumb. just in the very way she had wished it. They delivered him up to justice. she had a little boy. without any children to play about and amuse us while other people seem so happy and merry with their children!' 'What you say is very true. Still. yet for all they could do he never grew bigger. as the woodman was getting ready to go into the wood to cut fuel. 'I will take care of that. while his wife sat by his side spinning. So they said.' cried Tom. up and tried to escape.' said the wife. and love it dearly.' Then the woodman laughed. as he puffed out a long curl of smoke. we cannot say we have not got what we wished for. and said. and he and all his murderous band were condemned to death for their wicked deeds. for I want to make haste. who was quite healthy and strong. and he soon showed himself to be a clever little fellow. 'Well. 'I wish I had someone to bring the cart after me. father. but the finger sprang into the air and fell behind the great cask into my lap. and turning round her wheel.' And they called him Thomas Thumb. One day. we will love him dearly. And here is the finger with the ring. TOM THUMB A poor woodman sat in his cottage one night. 'for you and me to sit here by ourselves. but kept just the same size as he had been when he was born.' said Tom. who always knew well what he was about. he took a hatchet and cut off her finger. They gave him plenty of food. 'How lonely it is. 'how happy should I be if I had but one child! If it were ever so small--nay. but the guests seized him and held him fast. The bridegroom.'And one of the robbers saw that there was a gold ring still left on her finger.' Now--odd as you may think it--it came to pass that this good woman's wish was fulfilled.' 'Oh. little as he is. 'How can that be? you cannot reach up to the horse's bridle. I will get into his ear and tell him which way to .' 'Never mind that. who during this recital had grown deadly pale. and as it was difficult to draw off. wife.' and with these words the bride drew forth the finger and shewed it to the assembled guests. the cart shall be in the wood by the time you want it. for.

and let them have me. and did not know what to say for wonder. crept up his father's coat to his shoulder and whispered in his ear. 'He will be better off. They journeyed on till it began to be dusky.' 'I won't sell him at all. and with the other took his son out of the horse's ear. and see where it goes.' So they did as he wished. and at last it became quite dark. 'Oh. that will be a nice gallery for me. in a ploughed field by the side of the road. 'Go on!' and 'Stop!' as he wanted: and thus the horse went on just as well as if the woodman had driven it himself into the wood. and put him down on a clod of earth. and they paid the price. 'What an odd thing that is!' said one: 'there is a cart going along. 'See. here I am with the cart. father. and Tom was calling out. 'That little urchin will make our fortune. but all in vain. till at last they came to the place where the woodman was. I'll soon come back to you.' So they went up to the woodman. father.' said the father.' But Tom.' said the other.' So they went on into the wood. But Tom ran about amongst the furrows. 'Where would you like to sit?' said one of them. 'I'm off! mind and look sharp after me the next time. 'Good night. but yet I can see no one. 'we will try for once.' So the man took off his hat. and at last slipped into an old mouse-hole. and carry him about from town to town as a show. and when Tom had taken leave of his father they took him away with them. 'with us than with you.' When the time came the mother harnessed the horse to the cart. 'Take the money. where he sat as merry as you please. 'let us follow the cart. and as he sat there the little man told the beast how to go. crying out. and then the little man said. and poked the ends of their sticks into the mouse-hole. and put him down upon a straw. my masters!' said he.' Then they ran at once to the place. if we can get him. cried out.go. hearing of the bargain they wanted to make. we must buy him. as . Tom only crawled farther and farther in. 'my own flesh and blood is dearer to me than all the silver and gold in the world.' said the father. I can walk about there and see the country as we go along. and said. It happened that as the horse was going a little too fast. The two strangers were all this time looking on. Then Tom Thumb. and asked him what he would take for the little man. so that they were forced to go their way without their prize. and I hear a carter talking to the horse. I'm tired. 'Let me get down.' So the woodman at last said he would sell Tom to the strangers for a large piece of gold.' 'That is queer. indeed.' said they.' 'Well. 'Gently! gently!' two strangers came up. seeing his father. At last one took the other aside. put me on the rim of your hat. and put Tom into his ear. all right and safe! now take me down!' So his father took hold of the horse with one hand.

meaning to sleep till daylight. 'Softly. 'What dangerous walking it is. frightened. 'Take me with you. 'I can sleep here very well'. so he laid himself down. 'come along. and lifted him up in their hands. he came out of his hiding-place. but at last they plucked up their hearts. and when she had looked about and searched every hole and corner. and at last found a snug place to finish his night's rest in. 'How can we rob that rich parson's house of his silver and gold?' 'I'll tell you!' cried Tom.' said the thieves. but throw us out some of the money. 'What noise was that?' said the thief. and ran off a little way. Tom slipped through the window-bars into the room.' At last the thieves found him out. softly! Speak low. I should undoubtedly break my neck.' 'But where are you?' said they.' But Tom seemed as if he did not understand them.' said he. having groped about and found nothing. she went to bed. and one said to the other.' answered he. chatting together. saying.' At last. Just as he was falling asleep. 'Will you have all that is here?' At this the thieves were frightened. 'You little urchin!' they said. The thieves ran off as if a wolf was at their tails: and the maid.' So they came back and whispered softly to him. I can get between the iron window-bars of the parson's house. Tom had slipped off into the barn. and Tom said. 'what can you do for us?' 'Why. The little man crawled about in the hay-loft. and I'll soon show you how to get the parson's money. so she sprang out of bed. and ran to open the door. that you may not awaken anybody. 'I'm sure I heard someone speak. and bawled out again.' The cook heard this quite plain. and throw you out whatever you want. 'How much will you have? Shall I throw it all out?' Now the cook lay in the next room. 'The little urchin is only trying to make fools of us.' said he. and in he crept.' 'That's a good thought. and then find his way home to his father and .' When they came to the parson's house. thinking she must have been dreaming with her eyes open. 'Very well! hold your hands! here it comes. 'in this ploughed field! If I were to fall from one of these great clods.sulky as could be.' Then Tom called out as loud as he could. he found a large empty snail-shell. and hearing a noise she raised herself up in her bed and listened. 'and listen where the sound comes from. By the time she came back. we shall see what you can do. When Tom found they were gone. and found nobody. and then called out as loud as he could bawl. Meantime the thieves were frightened. 'This is lucky. by good luck. 'Now let us have no more of your roguish jokes. went away for a light. 'Look about on the ground. and said. and said.' They stood still listening. he heard two men passing by.

A hungry wolf sprang out. he went with her into the cow-house. 'Woman. 'Good lack-a-day!' said he. and ran away. Tom. however. but seeing nobody. before daybreak. cold . and there you will find cakes. to feed the cows. a candle would be no bad thing. I can show you a famous treat. and going straight to the hay-loft. and yet being quite sure it was the same voice that she had heard in the night. He still. So the cow was killed. was still not disheartened. 'It is rather dark. but at last. and the cow had taken Tom up in a mouthful of it. he called out.mother. 'Sir. told his man to kill her on the spot. and thinking the wolf would not dislike having some chat with him as he was going along. she ran off as fast as she could to her master the parson. however.' said Tom. that he might not get between the cow's teeth. and swallowed up the whole stomach. and the worst of it was.' said he. to try and see what was the matter. 'how came I to tumble into the mill?' But he soon found out where he really was. and the stomach. and the space left for him became smaller and smaller. slept on. and so be crushed to death. the cow is talking!' But the parson said. But alas! how woefully he was undone! what crosses and sorrows happen to us all in this world! The cook got up early. and said. she was so frightened that she fell off her stool. Scarcely had they set foot on the threshold. 'My good friend. for the cook had put the hay into the cow's rick. with Tom in it. and did not awake till he found himself in the mouth of the cow. beef. carried away a large bundle of hay. which was not a very easy task. As soon as she could pick herself up out of the dirt.' Though he made the best of his bad luck. 'Don't bring me any more hay! Don't bring me any more hay!' The maid happened to be just then milking the cow.' 'Where's that?' said the wolf. At last down he went into her stomach. and hearing someone speak. sir. 'You can crawl through the drain into the kitchen and then into the pantry. At last he cried out as loud as he could. thou art surely mad!' However. Tom soon set himself to work to get out. just as he had made room to get his head out. 'they forgot to build windows in this room to let the sun in. fast asleep. that more and more hay was always coming down. and overset the milk-pail. 'In such and such a house. and thinking the cow was surely bewitched. he did not like his quarters at all. and was forced to have all his wits about him. was thrown out upon a dunghill. when Tom called out. at one gulp. ham. and cut up. with the little man in the middle of it. describing his own father's house. 'Don't bring me any more hay!' Then the parson himself was frightened. fresh ill-luck befell him. in which Tom lay.

and set Tommy free. 'I have been in a mouse-hole--and in a snail-shell--and down a cow's throat--and in the wolf's belly. but he had eaten so much that he could not go out by the same way he came in. and then they fetched new clothes for him. I think. and the woodman ran for his axe. and ate and drank there to his heart's content. 'what fears we have had for you!' 'Yes. there's no place like HOME! . father! I am here. and he began.' said the woodman. for though he had been so great a traveller. and then into the pantry. 'you are come back. being awakened by the noise.chicken. but when they saw a wolf was there. and killed him on the spot! and when he was dead they cut open his body.' And his father said. for he was very hungry.' answered he. 'you'll awaken everybody in the house if you make such a clatter. and had done and seen so many fine things.' The wolf did not want to be asked twice. So Master Thumb stayed at home with his father and mother. and gave him plenty to eat and drink. for his old ones had been quite spoiled on his journey.' 'Why. 'and when I have knocked him on the head you must rip him up with the scythe. 'Heaven be praised! we have found our dear child again'. where have you been?' said his father. 'Do you stay behind. safe and sound. you may well suppose that they were sadly frightened. making all the noise he could. and we will not sell you again for all the riches in the world. As soon as he had had enough he wanted to get away. apple-dumplings. now I've a mind to be merry myself'. so that very night he went to the house and crawled through the drain into the kitchen.' 'Well. and struck the wolf on the head. and everything that your heart can wish. in peace. after all. since we parted.' Tom heard all this. and now he began to set up a great shout. peeped through a crack in the door. 'Father. and yet here I am again. and gave his wife a scythe. singing and shouting as loud as he could. 'I have travelled all over the world. and cried out.' 'What's that to me?' said the little man.' said they. father. and was fond enough of telling the whole story. and he told his wife not to use the scythe for fear she should hurt him. and now I am very glad to come home and get fresh air again. Then he aimed a great blow. The woodman and his wife. 'you have had your frolic. 'Will you be easy?' said the wolf. in one way or other. the wolf has swallowed me. 'Ah!' said the father. he always agreed that. roast pig. This was just what Tom had reckoned upon.' Then they hugged and kissed their dear little son.

very shrewd and clever. had a very beautiful daughter. 'Good morrow to you. in a country a long way off. round about. but the dwarf soon opened the door. he was greatly astonished and pleased. 'to do it for you?' 'My necklace. and when he heard the miller's boast his greediness was raised. and upon the stream there stood a mill.' said the hobgoblin. and began to work at the wheel again. Then she knew not what to do. and whistled and sang: 'Round about. and the straw was all spun into gold. and I know not how. and sat himself down to the wheel. The miller's house was close by. and said. my good lass. moreover. Then he led her to a chamber in his palace where there was a great heap of straw. round about. .' 'What will you give me. but his heart grew still more greedy of gain. and sat down once more to weep. and the miller was so proud of her. ran a fine stream of water. and whistled and sang: 'Round about. 'I must spin this straw into gold. Straw into gold!' And round about the wheel went merrily. reel away. When the king came and saw this. and gave her a spinning-wheel. Now this king was very fond of money. what are you weeping for?' 'Alas!' said she. and the miller. and she was left alone. 'What will you give me to do your task?' 'The ring on my finger. the work was quickly done. 'All this must be spun into gold before morning. She sat down in one corner of the room. She was. and began to bewail her hard fate. you must know. as you love your life. and he sent for the girl to be brought before him. Lo and behold! Reel away. for that she could do no such thing as spin straw into gold: the chamber door was locked. reel away. who used to come and hunt in the wood. He took her at her word.' It was in vain that the poor maiden said that it was only a silly boast of her father. and said.' said she. Lo and behold! Reel away. when on a sudden the door opened.' replied the maiden. that he one day told the king of the land.RUMPELSTILTSKIN By the side of a wood. So her little friend took the ring. and a droll-looking little man hobbled in. that his daughter could spin gold out of straw. and said. and he shut up the poor miller's daughter again with a fresh task.

The king came in the morning. At the birth of her first little child she was very glad. was forced to keep his word. and if it is. 'All this must be spun tonight. and round about the fire a funny little dwarf was dancing upon one leg. 'the first little child that you may have when you are queen.' thought the miller's daughter: and as she knew no other way to get her task done. but the little gentleman still said to every one of them. thinking of all the odd names that she had ever heard.' Now the queen lay awake all night. I saw a little hut. and if during that time you tell me my name. The king was greatly delighted to see all this glittering treasure. but to all and each of them he said.' The second day she began with all the comical names she could hear of. and she began with TIMOTHY. and forgot the dwarf. Round went the wheel again to the old song. where she was sitting playing with her baby. and put her in mind of it. JEREMIAH. you shall be my queen. long before morning. ICHABOD.' As soon as she was alone that dwarf came in.' said she. all was done again.Straw into gold!' till. HUNCHBACK. but yesterday. BANDY-LEGS. 'Madam. 'What will you give me to spin gold for you this third time?' 'I have nothing left. and said. and she sent messengers all over the land to find out new ones. and she really became queen. so he married the miller's daughter. 'Then say you will give me. and said she would give him all the wealth of the kingdom if he would let her off. that is not my name. and all the names she could remember. and the manikin once more spun the heap into gold. and said. that is not my name. but in vain. and singing: '"Merrily the feast I'll make. she said she would do what he asked. and before the hut burnt a fire. 'Madam. and he said. Then she grieved sorely at her misfortune.' said the little man. but still he had not enough: so he took the miller's daughter to a yet larger heap. The next day the little man came. and. BENJAMIN. you shall keep your child. till at last her tears softened him. finding all he wanted. and said. as I was climbing a high hill. . 'I have travelled two days without hearing of any other names. But one day he came into her room. CROOK-SHANKS.' The third day one of the messengers came back.' 'That may never be. 'I will give you three days' grace. and what she had said. among the trees of the forest where the fox and the hare bid each other good night. and so on.

and dashed his right foot in a rage so deep into the floor.' It came to pass that the master one day said to her: 'Gretel. and said. Little does my lady dream Rumpelstiltskin is my name!"' When the queen heard this she jumped for joy. was quite happy and thought: 'You certainly are a pretty girl!' And when she came home she drank. there is a guest coming this evening. Then the little man began to chuckle at the thought of having the poor child. but it will be a sin and a shame if they are not eaten the moment they are at their juiciest.' answered Gretel. what is my name?' 'Is it JOHN?' asked she. 'No.Today I'll brew. that he was forced to lay hold of it with both hands to pull it out. I must take the fowls away from the fire. to take home with him to his hut in the woods. 'Some witch told you that!--some witch told you that!' cried the little man. but the guest had not yet arrived. Then Gretel called out to her master: 'If the guest does not come. a draught of wine. put them on the spit. master. scalded them. and a merry feast. and the nurse stood by her side with the baby in her arms. and said: 'The cook must know what the food is like. Then he made the best of his way off.' The master said: 'I will run . madam!' 'Is it TOM?' 'No. 'We wish you a very good morning. who wore shoes with red heels. tomorrow bake. and as wine excites a desire to eat. and called all her court round to enjoy the fun. and when she walked out with them on. she turned herself this way and that.' 'Can your name be RUMPELSTILTSKIN?' said the lady slyly. plucked them. and he cried out. and towards evening set them before the fire. she tasted the best of whatever she was cooking until she was satisfied. in her gladness of heart. She killed two fowls. 'Now.' 'I will see to it. while the nurse laughed and the baby crowed. For next day will a stranger bring. Mr RUMPLESTILTSKIN!' CLEVER GRETEL There was once a cook named Gretel. lady. Merrily I'll dance and sing. as if it was quite ready to be given up. prepare me two fowls very daintily. and were nearly ready. and all the court jeered at him for having had so much trouble for nothing. madam!' 'Is it JEMMY?' 'It is not. that they might roast. The fowls began to turn brown. and as soon as her little friend came she sat down upon her throne.

and did not see him. enjoy yourself. sir.' So she took another hearty drink. But as the roast meat smelt so good. it ought to be tasted!' She touched it with her finger.' answered Gretel. to see if the master was not coming with his guest. but his intention is to cut off your two ears. and take a drink. why should God's good gifts be spoilt?' So she ran into the cellar again. or else master will observe that something is missing. one fowl has been cut into. the guest is coming directly after me!' 'Yes. Gretel ran. what's right for the one is right for the other. who knows when they will come? Meanwhile.' She ran down. When one of the chickens was swallowed down. and eat it up entirely. Gretel. said: 'God bless it for you. and said: 'Ah! how good fowls are! It certainly is a sin and a shame that they are not eaten at the right time!' She ran to the window. and fetch the guest. and should not be interrupted. and thought that wine should flow on.' and took a good drink. and still her master did not come. Gretel laid the spit with the fowls on one side. Gretel was not idle. Gretel? What do you mean by . took an enormous drink and ate up the one chicken in great glee. Then she went and put the fowls down again to the fire. he certainly did ask you to supper. Gretel looked at the other and said: 'What one is. she thought: 'The other must go down too. Presently the guest came. and enjoyed it. and hurried down the steps again as fast as he could. the two go together. she went and looked for her master. I think if I were to take another draught it would do me no harm. Gretel thought: 'Something might be wrong. and thought: 'Standing so long by the fire there. and when she saw the guest. her master came and cried: 'Hurry up.' Then she said: 'Well. she ran screaming to her master. and drove the spit merrily round. when it is eaten you will have some peace. Gretel. she put her finger to her lips and said: 'Hush! hush! go away as quickly as you can. ate it. and let the second chicken follow the first. and have turned in somewhere. but she saw no one. and when she had done.' So she cut it off. if my master catches you it will be the worse for you. and took yet another hearty draught. and looked to see who was there. I will run into the cellar. It suddenly occurred to her: 'Who knows? They are perhaps not coming at all. While she was making the most of it. and sharpened it on the steps.' When the two wings were eaten. and went back to the fowls and thought: 'One of the wings is burning! I had better take it off and eat it.' When the master had turned his back. Gretel. Meantime the master looked to see what the table was properly laid. take another drink. basted them. the other should be likewise. I will soon serve up. and knocked politely and courteously at the house-door. and took the great knife. and cried: 'You have invited a fine guest!' 'Why.myself. wherewith he was going to carve the chickens. makes one sweat and thirsty. Just listen how he is sharpening the knife for it!' The guest heard the sharpening. set a jug.

'I am making a little trough. too. and has run away with them!' 'That's a nice trick!' said her master. and . The young wife scolded him. his ears dull of hearing.' answered the child. but he said nothing and only sighed. Then they brought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence.' said she. His son and his son's wife were disgusted at this. and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth.' meaning that the guest should leave him just one chicken. He had not even so much as a cow. but the guest pretended not to hear. and not take both. and it fell to the ground and broke. off the dish. Then they took the old grandfather to the table. whose eyes had become dim. in order to take them both with him. out of which he had to eat. THE LITTLE PEASANT There was a certain village wherein no one lived but really rich peasants. 'If he had but left me one. The guest.that?' 'Yes. thought no otherwise than that he was to give up one of his ears. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears. and presently began to cry. and ran as if fire were burning under him. and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything. Once. just one. and still less money to buy one. They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl. and lamented the fine chickens. crying: 'Just one. so that something remained for me to eat. 'for father and mother to eat out of when I am big. Then he ran after him with the knife still in his hand. and not even enough of it. and just one poor one. 'he has taken the chickens which I was just going to serve up. whom they called the little peasant. his trembling hands could not hold the bowl. and henceforth always let him eat with them. so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove. however. his knees trembled.' He called to him to stop. THE OLD MAN AND HIS GRANDSON There was once a very old man. 'What are you doing there?' asked the father. and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon.' The man and his wife looked at each other for a while.

and said to the peasant: 'Lay yourself on the straw there. But as the weather grew so bad and there was a storm of rain and wind.' The peasant.' In the meantime came the parson. They salted the flesh. and out of pity he took him and wrapped him in the skin.' Then they went back to the meadow together. And now the little peasant and his wife had the cow for which they had so long wished. roast meat.' and led the cow-herd before the mayor. The little calf always remained standing like one which was eating. and paint it brown. but someone had stolen the calf. and could give it nothing to eat. the miller's wife received him well. but it is still small and has to be carried. and waited for his little calf. he could go no farther. just look how it eats already!' At night when he was going to drive the herd home again. It would not stop and come with us.' the woman also liked the idea. and turned back to the mill and begged for shelter. On the way he passed by a mill. The cow-herd said: 'It must have run away. but I must have my beast back again. however. and the calf was missing. so we will have a feast. so it soon had to be killed. The cow-herd answered: 'It is still standing out there eating. and painted it as it ought to be. and when the cow-herd drove the cows through the village. and said: 'My husband is out. he shall make us a wooden calf. said: 'Don't tell me that. there is our gossip the carpenter. he said to the calf: 'If you can stand there and eat your fill. Then the woman served up four different things. and when he heard them talk about feasting he was vexed that he had been forced to make shift with a slice of bread and cheese. and the woman thought: 'He is tired and has gone to sleep.' The cow-herd said: 'All right. I have a little calf there. and lay down with his skin beside him. Next morning when the cows were being driven out. I have a good idea. and their gossip the carpenter cut and planed the calf. salad. and it was gone.yet he and his wife did so wish to have one.' and took it in his arms and carried it to the pasture. and the cow-herd said: 'It will soon run by itself. and the peasant went into the town and wanted to sell the skin there. and made it with its head hanging down as if it were eating. The miller's wife was alone in the house. and in time it will certainly get big and be a cow. and wine. and there sat a raven with broken wings. cakes.' The peasant listened.' and gave him a slice of bread and cheese. who for his carelessness condemned him to give the peasant a cow for the calf which had run away. and set it among the grass. but they had no food for it. .' But the little peasant said: 'Oh. he inquired where it was. The peasant ate it. One day he said to her: 'Listen. the little peasant called the cow-herd in and said: 'Look.' But the little peasant stood at his door. and they were heartily glad. you can also go on your four legs. so that he might buy a new calf with the proceeds. so that it looks like any other. I don't care to drag you home again in my arms.

After this the miller saw the skin in which the raven was. and went thither. 'the poor knave came in the storm and rain. and went there and found the salad.' The miller was curious. Then she opened the door for her husband. the wine under the pillow. he says that there are some cakes under the bed.' The man said: 'I have no objection. he says that there is some roast meat in the tiled stove. and the fifth he keeps to himself. The miller would have liked much to know the fifth. and showed him where the straw was. and said: 'Let him foretell something for once.' said he.' 'That would be a fine thing!' cried the miller. 'so far as I am concerned. so I gave him a bit of bread and cheese. lying on the ground. and found the roast meat. And now the two sat down to the table together. heavens! It is my husband!' she quickly hid the roast meat inside the tiled stove. and asked: 'What have you there?' The peasant answered: 'I have a soothsayer inside it. 'Now go on. The miller asked: 'What did he say?' The peasant replied: 'He says that the Devil is hiding outside there in . 'What is that fellow doing there?' 'Ah.' said the wife.' 'Upon my word!' cried the miller. it looks as if the world were coming to an end.' The peasant did not require to be invited twice. krr.' 'Can he foretell anything to me?' said the miller. there was a knocking outside.Just as they were about to sit down and eat. but be quick and get me something to eat. and went to bed and took all the keys with her. and said: 'Thank heaven. The woman said: 'Oh. but the little peasant said: 'First.' 'That would be a fine thing!' cried the miller.' The miller saw the peasant lying on the straw.' 'I am contented with anything. and looked there. so that he croaked and made a noise like krr. you are back again! There is such a storm. The peasant made the raven prophesy still more. and said: 'Fourthly. and the parson in the closet on the porch.' and looked at the peasant and said: 'Come and eat some more with me. he says that there is some salad on the bed. he says that there is some wine hidden under the pillow.' replied the husband. but the miller's wife was frightened to death. and went there and found the wine.' Then the peasant pinched the raven's head. for the fifth is something bad. and begged for shelter. until they agreed on three hundred talers. we will quickly eat the four things. 'Why not?' answered the peasant: 'but he only says four things. the salad on the bed. but got up and ate. the cakes under it. and said: 'In the second place. At last the peasant pinched the raven once more till he croaked. and said: 'Thirdly.' So they ate. and after that they bargained how much the miller was to give for the fifth prophecy.' 'Bless me!' cried the miller. bread and cheese will do. and asked. Then the peasant once more pinched the raven's head till he croaked loudly. The miller said: 'What did he say?' The peasant answered: 'In the first place.' The woman said: 'But I have nothing but bread and cheese. The peasant made the raven croak again. and found the cakes.

so he cried with all his might: 'No. and the peasant unlocked the closet. and a priest was brought who was to say a mass for his soul.' Then the small peasant was brought before the mayor. Then they came and rolled the barrel towards the water. the very shepherd whom the peasant knew had long been wishing to be mayor. he built a beautiful house. said: 'But my servant must go first. made off next morning by daybreak with the three hundred talers.' They believed no otherwise than that it was the peasant who was saying this. however. came up to him. and stripped off their skins in order to sell them in the town to the greatest advantage. and the miller said: 'It was true. and people carry the gold home in shovels.' The peasant said: 'If you will get in. The parson went to the crowd. if I will but put myself in the barrel. then the woman was forced to give up the keys. set me free from the barrel. the shepherd cried: 'I am quite willing to be mayor. He said to him: 'I set you free from the closet. and asked: 'What are you about? What is it that you will not do?' The peasant said: 'They want to make me mayor. I saw the black rascal with my own eyes. and answered: 'That is what we intend. however. and said: 'What can I do with all these skins?' Then the peasants were vexed that the small peasant should have thus outwitted them. I would get into the barrel at once. The others were all obliged to retire to a distance. and was to be rolled into the water. with a flock of sheep. I will not do it.' The miller said: 'The Devil must go out.the closet on the porch. but first you shall look about you a little down below . then he took the shepherd's flock for himself. and when the others came.' When the peasants heard that.' The shepherd was willing. but I will not do it. I will not do it!' The shepherd hearing that. if the whole world insists on it. The mayor. they too wished to enjoy this great profit.' and opened the house-door. and the peasant shut the top down on him. he did not give them so much. He was led forth. At home the small peasant gradually launched out. he did not give her more than two talers for a skin. and declared that the mass had been said.' At this same moment up came.' The peasant. The innocent little peasant was unanimously sentenced to death. wanted to take vengeance on him. He answered: 'I sold my cow's skin in the town. and got in. killed all their cows. he recognized the man who had been with the miller's wife. and drove it away. and the peasants said: 'The small peasant has certainly been to the place where golden snow falls. and accused him of this treachery before the major. and ran home.' When she came to the merchant in the town. for three hundred talers. When the barrel began to roll. and when the peasant looked at the priest. in a barrel pierced full of holes. and bidden to say from whence his wealth came. The parson ran out as fast as he could.' The shepherd said: 'If nothing more than that is needful in order to be mayor. you will be mayor.

and they had not long been married. and was making off with it. driving a flock of sheep and looking quite contented. from whence do you come? Have you come out of the water?' 'Yes. and sure enough the rascally cur had got the steak in his mouth. The steak soon began to look brown. and away ran the dog across the field: but he ran . and put it on the fire to fry. Then the peasants were astonished. and a good draught of ale. splash! went the water. and they were reflected in the water. that's well thought of. and from thence I brought this flock away with me. it sounded as if he were calling them. and the small peasant. and as they were entering the village.' 'Very well. but the mayor said: 'I come first. 'it shall all be ready. 'Kate! I am going to work in the fields. the small peasant also came quietly in. and crept out. and if things promise well I'll call you. FREDERICK AND CATHERINE There was once a man called Frederick: he had a wife whose name was Catherine. Then the entire village was dead.' and they rolled the barrel down into the water.' When dinner-time drew nigh. until at last I got to the bottom.' Then the peasants made up their minds that they too would fetch some sheep for themselves. After that the peasants went home. when I come back I shall be hungry so let me have something nice cooked. 'The steak is almost ready. a flock apiece.' So up she ran from the cellar. and there were pretty meadows on which a number of lambs were feeding. Away ran Catherine. I may as well go to the cellar for the ale.' replied the peasant. deep down.' So they went to the water together. whereupon the peasants cried: 'We already see the sheep down below!' The mayor pressed forward and said: 'I will go down first. 'The dog is not shut up--he may be running away with the steak.' So he jumped in. At last it popped into her head. which are called little lambs. 'more than I could want. yes.' Said the peasants: 'Are there any more there?' 'Oh. as sole heir. I pushed the bottom out of the barrel. and to crackle in the pan. and Catherine stood by with a fork and turned it: then she said to herself. 'I sank deep. became a rich man. and look about me.' said he. and the whole crowd plunged in after him as one man.' said she. which was all the meat she had. Catherine took a nice steak. One day Frederick said. and just then there were some of the small fleecy clouds in the blue sky. The beer ran into the jug and Catherine stood looking on. and said: 'Peasant. truly.there.' So she left the pan on the fire and took a large jug and went into the cellar and tapped the ale cask.

' As soon as he was gone. you should have told me before. and "what can't be cured must be endured". and looks so clean!' 'Kate.' 'No. but while I went down to draw the ale. and they asked her whether she would buy. 'what shall I do to keep Frederick from seeing all this slopping about?' So she thought a while. and then spoil all the meal?' 'Why. 'how could you do all this?' Why did you leave the steak to fry. he cried out.' said he. 'I did not know I was doing wrong. and as she had run a good way and was tired. Kate. When she got to the cellar stairs she saw what had happened. and left her plenty of plates and dishes.' 'Go into the garden and dig where I tell you. I should like to buy very much. Then she set them all about the house for a show: and when Frederick came back. 'What pretty yellow buttons these are! I shall put them into a box and bury them in the garden. and when the jug was full the liquor ran upon the floor till the cask was empty.' Then she strewed the meal all about the cellar. 'If my wife manages matters thus. Frederick. 'Kate. what have you been doing?' 'See.' So away she went for it: but she managed to set it down just upon the great jug full of beer.' Now he had a good deal of gold in the house: so he said to Catherine.' said she.' 'Yellow buttons!' said they: 'let us have a look at them. and upset it. 'I have bought all these with your yellow . Now all this time the ale was running too. Frederick. 'what have you for dinner?' 'O Frederick!' answered she. and when I went to dry up the ale with the sack of meal that we got at the fair. I might deal with you.' said she. the ale ran out.' said she. but I have no money: if you had any use for yellow buttons. 'Oh dear me. and the ale to run. 'that we kept that meal! we have now a good use for it. 'Now.' The husband thought to himself.' So the rogues went: and when they found what these yellow buttons were. and at last remembered that there was a sack of fine meal bought at the last fair. and was quite pleased with her cleverness.' said Catherine. and while I ran after him. 'Ah! well. but take care that you never go near or meddle with them. and you will find the yellow buttons: I dare not go myself. and thus all the ale that had been saved was set swimming on the floor also. the dog ran away with it. she walked home leisurely to cool herself.' said she. and stuck close to the steak. 'that I never will. 'when one goes another may as well follow.faster than she. 'It's all gone.' said she. they took them all away. and that if she sprinkled this over the floor it would suck up the ale nicely. 'I was cooking you a steak. there came by some pedlars with earthenware plates and dishes. 'What a lucky thing. So she turned round. for Catherine had not turned the cock. I upset the jug: but the cellar is now quite dry. and said. 'My stars!' said she. wife. 'How very neat and clean it looks!' At noon Frederick came home.' cried he. I must look sharp myself.

' So she took pity on them. and away it went.' 'Then go home.' 'Well. I suppose the other will go the same way and find you. and they set out: and as Frederick walked the fastest. 'I used the butter to grease those poor trees that the wheels chafed so: and one of the cheeses ran away so I sent the other after it to find it. 'It does not matter.' Presently she came to the top of a hill. 'How can you say so?' said she. and made use of the butter to grease them all.' said Frederick. 'Well.' 'Very well. he has younger legs than I have. 'Kate. the pedlars went themselves and dug them up. 'but take some butter and cheese with you. 'Where are the butter and cheese?' said he. While she was doing this kind office one of her cheeses fell out of the basket. nobody knows where. I shall be so much nearer home than he. and the vinegar.' 'Wife.' Catherine stood musing for a while.' answered she. and do it now before we go any farther. see now. 'I am sure you never told me not.' said she.' said Frederick. they will never get well. I hope you locked the door safe when you came away. and she could not stay there all day waiting for them. so she said. down the hill. and thought to herself by the way.' Then she rolled the other cheese after it. 'what a pretty piece of work you have made! those yellow buttons were all my money: how came you to do such a thing?' 'Why.' said she. and at last said to her husband. and I suppose they are both on the road together somewhere. we will try. for I have often seen him take some.' Catherine did as he told her. Then she gave him the dry bread. 'Oh!' answered she. 'I did not know there was any harm in it. 'and bring with you something to eat.' They ate the dry bread together. 'you did not tell me. we will soon get the gold back: let us run after the thieves. Catherine looked. so that the wheels might not hurt them so much. who desired her to give him something to eat. but I don't think he is very fond of butter and cheese: I'll bring him a bag of fine nuts.' 'What a goose you are to do such silly things!' said the husband. 'Hark ye. 'how they have bruised and wounded those poor trees. that we may have something to eat by the way.' thought she: 'when we turn back.' answered she. and Frederick said. 'Ah. Frederick. At last she overtook Frederick. but could not see where it had gone.' 'No. you should have told me.' answered he. But she said she supposed that they knew the road. down the side of which there was a road so narrow that the cart wheels always chafed the trees on each side as they passed.' . and rolled down the hill. and would follow her. he left his wife some way behind.buttons: but I did not touch them myself. 'Frederick wants something to eat. wife.

' So she poured all the vinegar down.' 'I can't help that.' answered she. then. 'What a heavy dew there is!' At last it popped into Catherine's head that it was the door itself that was so heavy all the time: so she whispered. I must let the nuts go. and picked up some stones. Catherine thought the door was still very heavy: so she whispered to Frederick. Scarcely were they up. 'not now. they climbed up into a tree to spend the night there. 'what a clever wife I have! I sent you to make the house fast. than who should come by but the very rogues they were looking for. 'I'll carry the door.' So she took her time by the way. for he was sure it would betray them.' Frederick of course made no objection to that plan.' A little while after. and when she overtook her husband she cried out. so that everybody may go in and out as they please--however.' Catherine.' Then away rattled the nuts down among the boughs and one of the thieves cried.' 'I can't help that: they must go. ran away as fast as they . however.' 'No.When she reached home. if you will. who had the door on her shoulder.' answered he. and said. 'Frederick told me to lock the door. Frederick slipped down on the other side. but they could not find them: and when it grew dark.' 'Very well.' But he begged and prayed her not to do so. 'Bless me. and tried to hit the thieves on the head with them: but they only said. began to be very tired. 'go it must. 'I must throw the vinegar down. so if you please. 'Frederick.' said she: and down went the door with such a clatter upon the thieves.' 'Alas! alas!' said he. 'Here goes. 'There. make haste and throw them down. 'it will discover us. I must throw the door down soon. but surely it can nowhere be so safe if I take it with me. and the thieves said. they were tired. Frederick. you may watch it as carefully as you please. 'It must be near morning.' 'Well. 'Frederick. so they sat down and made a fire under the very tree where Frederick and Catherine were. it is hailing. but I'll not carry the nuts and vinegar bottle also--that would be too much of a load. she bolted the back door. but she thought it was the nuts upon it that were so heavy: so she said softly. and they set off into the wood to look for the thieves. but the front door she took off the hinges. for the wind shakes the fir-apples down. there is the door itself.' 'Pray don't. I'll fasten them to the door. they will discover us.' said she. as you have brought the door. Then he climbed up again. and belonged to that class of people who find things before they are lost.' answered he. that they cried out 'Murder!' and not knowing what was coming. They were in truth great rascals. you shall carry it about with you for your pains. and you take the door away.

and then she grasped the axe with both hands. She went into the kitchen. but has struck her own child. we must fly in all haste. and left all the gold. one in front of the bed. and knocked at his door. When daylight comes. but saw no one on the stairs. and wanted to give her the apron. Then she hurried away with her lover. 'and you shall have it. All day long she dared not go out of doors. who was called Roland. I am sweeping. In the night. dearest Roland. and took for herself the place at the back. or we cannot escape if she pursues us. and one beautiful and good. she called her daughter. one in the kitchen. I am warming myself. she held an axe in her right hand. When she had gone away. my child. 'I counsel you first to take away her magic wand. and one on the stairs. Only be careful that you are at the far side of the bed. When he came out. the old woman came creeping in. one ugly and wicked. close by the wall. and when bedtime had come. Then the witch cried: 'Where are you?' 'Here. and cried again: 'Where are you?' 'Here in the kitchen. and heard everything. she said to him: 'Listen.' The maiden fetched the magic wand. . Then she cried again: 'Where are you?' 'Ah. and push her well to the front. and this one she hated. The stepdaughter once had a pretty apron. but found no one. but when she was asleep. So when Frederick and Catherine came down. tonight when she is asleep I will come and cut her head off.' said the old woman. the witch's daughter got into bed first.' It would have been all over with the poor girl if she had not just then been standing in a corner. my stepmother wanted to kill me. Your stepsister has long deserved death. and cut her own child's head off. and she took the dead girl's head and dropped three drops of blood on the ground.' said Roland. on the stairs. When the old witch got up next morning. the girl got up and went to her sweetheart.' answered the first drop of blood. but she did not come.could. and she sees what she has done. The old woman went out. so as to lie at the far side. because she was her stepdaughter. and felt with her left to see if anyone were lying at the outside.' cried the second drop of blood. there they found all their money safe and sound. 'Be quiet. the other pushed her gently to the front.' 'But. we shall be lost. SWEETHEART ROLAND There was once upon a time a woman who was a real witch and had two daughters. and told her mother that she must and would have that apron. which the other fancied so much that she became envious. and this one she loved because she was her own daughter.

What did she see there? Her own child.' 'Then in the meantime I will stay here and wait for you. and her sweetheart Roland into a fiddler. At this the girl and her sweetheart Roland resumed their natural shapes again. She went into the room to the bed. that a shepherd kept his sheep in the field and saw the flower. and as it was so pretty. I am sleeping. knowing perfectly well who the flower was. she had to dance till she lay dead on the ground.' It befell. The faster he played.' As she was hastily creeping into the hedge and was just going to pluck the flower. and as she could look forth quite far into the world. and the thorns tore her clothes from her body. I will change myself into a red stone landmark. and thought: 'Someone will surely come this way. when she saw the old woman striding towards her. you shall still not escape me. with her magic wand. yes. however. sprang to the window. but at length.' said the girl. threw breadcrumbs in. in which she covered an hour's walk at every step.' She put on her many-league boots. she was forced to dance. and pricked her and wounded her till she bled. he began to play. whose head she had cut off. plucked it. and changed herself into a flower. It was not long before the witch came striding up towards them. As they were now set free. she was sad. she perceived her stepdaughter hurrying away with her sweetheart Roland. and at noon. and as he did not stop. the room was swept. her sweetheart Roland into a lake. may I pluck that beautiful flower for myself?' 'Oh. for it was a magical dance. who so fascinated him that he forgot the maiden. bathed in her blood. But when Roland got home. and the old woman had to go home at night as she had come. changed. The poor girl remained there a long time. When he arose in the morning. the more violent springs was she forced to make. 'even if you have got a long way off. and it was not long before she overtook them. and they walked on the whole night until daybreak. 'That shall not help you. the table and benches cleaned. The witch fell into a passion. and laid it away in his chest. The witch placed herself on the shore. took it with him. Roland said: 'Now I will go to my father and arrange for the wedding. however. and went to endless trouble to entice the duck. 'I will play to you while you do it. and the girl stood like a red landmark in the field and waited for her beloved. as he did not return at all. but the duck did not let herself be enticed. 'and that no one may recognize me. the fire in the hearth was lighted. .' Then Roland went away.' cried the third drop of blood. all the work was already done. The girl. and trample me down.here in the bed.' cried she.' he replied. strange things happened in the shepherd's house. and herself into a duck swimming in the middle of it. and the water was fetched. From that time forth. Then the maiden changed herself into a beautiful flower which stood in the midst of a briar hedge. he fell into the snares of another. and whether she would or not. and said to the musician: 'Dear musician.

' for she wanted to remain faithful to her sweetheart Roland. it was announced that all the girls were to be present at it. and grief came to an end and joy began. until at last she was the only one left. although he had deserted her. The wise woman said: 'There is some enchantment behind it. and the flower come out. Instantly the transformation came to an end. and sing in honour of the bridal pair. and three drops of blood fell upon it. that the queen of a country many thousand miles off sat working at her window. and a good dinner served. that is the true bride. who admitted to him that she had been the flower. He could not conceive how this came to pass. she pricked her finger. And now the time drew near when Roland's wedding was to be celebrated. he saw the chest open. and then the magic will be stopped. Then the faithful maiden held her wedding with her sweetheart Roland. and as she pleased him he asked her if she would marry him. throw a white cloth over it. and it reached Roland's ears. had suddenly come home again to his heart. 'Would that my little . When the faithful maiden heard of this. and then she could not refuse. She told him her story. but she answered: 'No. and next morning just as day dawned. SNOWDROP It was the middle of winter. and which had vanished from his mind. listen very early some morning if anything is moving in the room. and that up to this time she had attended to his house-keeping. but still at last he was so afraid that he went to a wise woman and asked for her advice. no matter what it is. he sprang up and cried: 'I know the voice. and if you see anything. when the broad flakes of snow were falling around. Swiftly he sprang towards it. He was certainly pleased with this good attendance. and a beautiful girl stood before him. she grew so sad that she thought her heart would break. Then she gazed thoughtfully upon the red drops that sprinkled the white snow.' The shepherd did as she bade him. Nevertheless. the table was laid. and threw a white cloth over it. but the other girls came and took her. she stepped back. for he never saw a human being in his house. and she would not go thither. The frame of the window was made of fine black ebony. and then. and as she sat looking out upon the snow. she promised not to go away. and said. I will have no other!' Everything he had forgotten. according to an old custom in the country. But when she began her song.when he came home. When it came to her turn to sing. and no one could have concealed himself in it. but to continue keeping house for the shepherd.

She had a fairy looking-glass. and as black as this ebony windowframe!' And so the little girl really did grow up. who?' And the glass had always answered: 'Thou. and there were seven little plates. and beauteous to see. and when she was seven years old she was as bright as the day. that I may never see her any more. she picked a little piece of each loaf and drank a very little wine out of each . when she went to look in it as usual: 'Thou. and say: 'Tell me. and the wild beasts roared about her. and though he thought it most likely that the wild beasts would tear her in pieces.daughter may be as white as that snow. but his heart melted when Snowdrop begged him to spare her life. and she was called Snowdrop. her cheeks as rosy as the blood. Everything was spruce and neat in the cottage: on the table was spread a white cloth. glass. But this queen died. In the evening she came to a cottage among the hills. Then the glass one day answered the queen. 'Take Snowdrop away into the wide wood. for her little feet would carry her no further. queen. seven little loaves. who became queen. to which she used to go. As she was very hungry.' But Snowdrop grew more and more beautiful. But Snowdrop is lovelier far than thee!' When she heard this she turned pale with rage and envy. and by the wall stood seven little beds. and then she would gaze upon herself in it. and seven little glasses with wine in them. and went in to rest. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. and he said. and called to one of her servants. and fairer than the queen herself. tell me. Then poor Snowdrop wandered along through the wood in great fear. but none did her any harm. with the chance of someone finding and saving her. art fair. and seven knives and forks laid in order. Who is fairest. queen. thou pretty child. her skin was as white as snow. art the fairest in all the land. and the king soon married another wife. he felt as if a great weight were taken off his heart when he had made up his mind not to kill her but to leave her to her fate. and said. but so vain that she could not bear to think that anyone could be handsomer than she was. as red as that blood.' Then the servant led her away. and her hair as black as ebony.' So he left her by herself. and was very beautiful. 'I will not hurt you.

tell me. believed that she must be the handsomest lady in the land. but one was too long. and after that she thought she would lie down and rest. and said if she would keep all things in order. she might stay where she was. 'Who has been handling my fork?' The sixth. O queen! than thee. 'The queen will soon find out where you are. that lived among the mountains. and called all his brethren to come and see her. 'Who has been drinking my wine?' Then the first looked round and said. and she Is lovelier far. 'Who has been sitting on my stool?' The second. till at last the seventh suited her: and there she laid herself down and went to sleep. and saw at once that all was not right. 'Who has been picking my bread?' The fourth. and another was too short. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. and she went to her glass and said: 'Tell me. so take care and let no one in. now that she thought Snowdrop was dead. and took care not to wake her. art the fairest in all this land: But over the hills. who?' And the glass answered: 'Thou. 'Who has been meddling with my spoon?' The fifth. Now they were seven little dwarfs. and they would take good care of her. seeking for gold and silver in the mountains: but Snowdrop was left at home. in the greenwood shade. But the seventh saw Snowdrop. and cook and wash and knit and spin for them. and they cried out with wonder and astonishment and brought their lamps to look at her. By and by in came the masters of the cottage. till the night was gone. and the seventh dwarf slept an hour with each of the other dwarfs in turn. Who is fairest. In the morning Snowdrop told them all her story. Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made. and dug and searched for gold.glass. 'Good heavens! what a lovely child she is!' And they were very glad to see her. and said. There Snowdrop is hiding her head. 'Who has been lying on my bed?' And the rest came running to him.' But the queen. glass.' . and they warned her. The first said. and they pitied her. 'Who has been cutting with my knife?' The seventh. Then they went out all day long to their work. and everyone cried out that somebody had been upon his bed. queen. and said. 'Who has been eating off my plate?' The third. They lighted up their seven lamps. So she tried all the little beds.

but to her great grief it still said: 'Thou. and in a little time she began to breathe. 'Bless me!' said the old woman. 'laces and bobbins of all colours. and pulled the lace so tight. as if she was quite dead. 'Fine wares to sell!' Snowdrop looked out at the window. Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made. 'There's an end to all thy beauty. 'Fine wares to sell!' But Snowdrop said. that Snowdrop's breath was stopped. Then she knocked at the door. and when they found what ailed her. to see that Snowdrop still lived. but she set to work so nimbly. And it looked so pretty. and cried. and let no one in when we are away.' When the queen got home. they lifted her up. and she dressed herself up again. they cut the lace. 'Only look at my beautiful combs!' and gave her the poisoned one. as she ran down and unbolted the door. and she Is lovelier far. fine wares. And she could not bear to think that anyone lived who was more beautiful than she was. good woman! what have you to sell?' 'Good wares. 'The old woman was the queen herself. but the moment it touched her head. and very soon came to life again. to the place where the dwarfs dwelt. and when they saw Snowdrop lying on the ground. However. and soon found the poisoned . she seems to be a very good sort of body. and went away home. When she reached the dwarfs' cottage. for she knew that the glass always spoke the truth. that she took it up and put it into her hair to try it. There Snowdrop is hiding her head. the poison was so powerful that she fell down senseless. Then they said. 'I dare not let anyone in. O queen! than thee. she knocked at the door. art the fairest in all this land: But over the hills.' Then the queen said.' said the spiteful queen. and went her way. 'Good day. and took with her a poisoned comb. and she fell down as if she were dead.Then the queen was very much frightened. and went her way over the hills.' Snowdrop did not dream of any mischief. queen. but in quite another dress from the one she wore before.' said she. But by good luck the dwarfs came in very early that evening.' Then the blood ran cold in her heart with spite and malice. she went straight to her glass.' said the queen. so she stood before the old woman. and was sure that the servant had betrayed her. 'There you may lie. and spoke to it as before. in the greenwood shade. In the evening the seven dwarfs came home. and said. 'how badly your stays are laced! Let me lace them up with one of my nice new laces. they thought what had happened.' thought Snowdrop.' 'I will let the old lady in. and cried. take care another time. so she dressed herself up as an old pedlar. and I need not say how grieved they were to see their faithful Snowdrop stretched out upon the ground.

and one of the dwarfs always sat by it and watched.' 'No. And thus Snowdrop lay for a long. when she fell down dead upon the ground. and got ready a poisoned apple: the outside looked very rosy and tempting. and travelled over the hills to the dwarfs' cottage.comb.' Now the apple was so made up that one side was good.' said the queen. But she had scarcely put the piece into her mouth. And the coffin was set among the hills. and shook with rage when she read the very same answer as before. and at last a dove. 'We will never bury her in the cold ground. and they warned her once more not to open the door to anyone.' 'Do as you please. art the fairest of all the fair. and still only looked as though she was asleep. queen. and then a raven. and as happy as such a heart could be. 'what are you afraid of? Do you think it is poisoned? Come! do you eat one part.' And then her wicked heart was glad. and told them all that had passed. long time. and combed her hair. and knocked at the door. Meantime the queen went home to her glass.' said the old woman. and that she was a king's daughter. and as red . When evening came. And the birds of the air came too. for she was even now as white as snow. though the other side was poisoned. They lifted her up. and when she saw the old woman eat. and the dwarfs had gone home. if it cost me my life. 'I dare not let anyone in. 'Snowdrop shall die. 'but at any rate take this pretty apple. she could wait no longer. but whoever tasted it was sure to die. so they said. for the dwarfs have told me not. 'This time nothing will save thee. but all was in vain. and her face looked just as it did while she was alive. and they were afraid that she was quite dead. for the little girl seemed quite dead. but Snowdrop put her head out of the window and said. and at last it said: 'Thou. and all seven watched and bewailed her three whole days. and then they thought they would bury her: but her cheeks were still rosy.' 'You silly girl!' answered the other. Then she dressed herself up as a peasant's wife. they found Snowdrop lying on the ground: no breath came from her lips. and wrote upon it in golden letters what her name was. and I will eat the other. for the apple looked so very nice. so that they might still look at her. Then Snowdrop was much tempted to taste. and washed her face with wine and water. and sat by her side.' And they made a coffin of glass. 'I dare not take it.' So she went by herself into her chamber. I will give it you. and she went home to her glass. and first of all came an owl. and bemoaned Snowdrop.' said Snowdrop. So they laid her down upon a bier. And when they took it away she got well. and she said.

as blood. 'Thou art quite safe with me. so come with me to my father's palace. had been dead a long while. And when she got there. THE PINK There was once upon a time a queen to whom God had given no children. Every morning she went into the garden and prayed to God in heaven to bestow on her a son or a daughter.' And Snowdrop consented. and he saw Snowdrop. who. and as black as ebony. art loveliest here. Then an angel from heaven came to her .' Then he told her all that had happened. who?' And the glass answered: 'Thou. and read what was written in golden letters. To the feast was asked. tell me. she looked in the glass and said: 'Tell me. At last a prince came and called at the dwarfs' house. Snowdrop's old enemy the queen. and everything was got ready with great pomp and splendour for their wedding.' When she heard this she started with rage. lady. glass. however. that she could not help setting out to see the bride. she choked with rage. and said. and fell down and died: but Snowdrop and the prince lived and reigned happily over that land many. 'Where am I?' And the prince said. and as she was dressing herself in fine rich clothes. among the rest. and saw that it was no other than Snowdrop. and paid a visit to the little dwarfs. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. 'I love you far better than all the world. many years. but her envy and curiosity were so great. as she thought. I ween.' At last. but the moment he lifted it up to carry it home with him. and sometimes they went up into the mountains. But lovelier far is the new-made queen. Who is fairest. and Snowdrop awoke. they had pity on him. but they said. and said. and you shall be my wife. Then he offered the dwarfs money. and prayed and besought them to let him take her away. 'We will not part with her for all the gold in the world. the piece of apple fell from between her lips. who had been so kind to Snowdrop in her time of need. and went home with the prince. and gave him the coffin.

and told him the joyful tidings. and if you do not do it. you shall lose your life. Here she was to stay for seven years without meat or drink. and was more beautiful than any painter could have painted her. and bring me his heart and tongue.' When he had gone away. After a while the cook said to him: 'It is not well for you to be so alone. and said: 'Why should I shed the blood of an innocent boy who has never harmed anyone?' The cook once more said: 'If you do not do it. he might very easily get me into trouble. that shall he have. so that whatsoever in the world he wishes for.' Scarcely were the words out of the boy's mouth. Every morning she went with the child to the garden where the wild beasts were kept.' Then she went to the king. When the king saw the blood on her apron.' Then the wicked wretch came in . and said to him: 'Wish for a beautiful palace for yourself with a garden.' Then the king's son wished for one. it shall cost you your own life. and he ran to the king and accused the queen of having allowed her child to be taken from her by the wild beasts. and laid them on a plate. that the king's son might some day wish to be with his father. and stole it away. she said to the boy: 'Lie down in your bed. and walled up. who was already big enough to speak. she had a little hind brought to her. and dropped some of its blood on the queen's apron and on her dress. in which neither sun nor moon could be seen and had his wife put into it. and washed herself there in a clear stream. however. and he took a hen. The thought occurred to him. and she immediately stood before him. and said: 'Tonight when the boy is asleep. wish for a pretty girl as a companion. Then he carried the child away to a secret place. and I am here. and thus bring him into great peril. go to his bed and plunge this knife into his heart. Then came the old cook. The cook. So he went out and took the maiden aside. and draw the clothes over you. thought to himself: 'If the child has the power of wishing. and ordered her to be killed. you shall have a son with the power of wishing. and when she saw the old man coming. The two played together. and loved each other with all their hearts.' So he left the palace and went to the boy. and cut it in pieces. where a nurse was obliged to suckle it. and the king was filled with gladness. and all else that pertains to it. and die of hunger. however.and said: 'Be at rest. which flew to her twice a day. and carried her food until the seven years were over. It happened once when the child was a little older. and the old cook went out hunting like a nobleman. that it was lying in her arms and she fell asleep. who knew that the child had the power of wishing. when everything was there that he had wished for. and when the time was come she gave birth to a son. But God sent two angels from heaven in the shape of white doves. and when he returned next day she had not done it. fell into such a passion that he ordered a high tower to be built. and took her heart and tongue.' Thereupon he went away. he believed this.

are you still alive. I will provide for you. why did you want to kill me? Now will I pronounce thy sentence. until the flames broke forth from his throat. and went to his father. and what shall I do in a strange land where I am unknown?' As she did not seem quite willing.' she replied. he wished for a ladder which would reach up to the very top. he said to the huntsman: 'As you are so clever.' Then he descended again. You shall become a black poodle and have a gold collar round your neck. and the huntsmen shot them. if he was skilful and could get game for him. and wished that one of the king's principal servants would begin to speak of her. So he summoned all the huntsmen together. Then they were all placed on sixty country carts. but that deer had never taken up their quarters in any part of the district or country. Lady Queen. the old man was changed into a poodle dog. and wondered if she were still alive. and the cooks were ordered to bring up some live coals. he should come to him. and he thought of his mother. and as they could not be parted from each other.' until he did it. and commanded that his entire household should eat with him next day. The king said yes. Then he went away to his own country. and bade them go out into the forest with him.' 'Ah. you shall sit by me. and shall eat burning coals. and would ask how . At length he said to the maiden: 'I will go home to my own country. Then the huntsman promised to procure as much game for him as he could possibly use at the royal table. Now the king felt great joy at this. The king's son remained there a short while longer. and had a gold collar round his neck.' He replied: 'Lord King. I am a poor huntsman. Two hundred deer and more came running inside the circle at once. but the king's son threw off the quilt. if you will go with me.' But the king insisted on it. and took her with him. open at one end where he stationed himself. he thought of his dearest mother. And he went with them and made them form a great circle. Whilst he was sitting there.' for she thought the angels were there. and caused himself to be announced as a strange huntsman. When they were all assembled together.and said: 'Where are the boy's heart and tongue?' The girl reached the plate to him. Then he mounted up and looked inside. and for once he was able to deck his table with game. and driven home to the king. but I am alive still. and cried: 'Beloved mother. and asked if he could offer him service. and began to wish. till the flames burst forth from your throat. 'the way is so long. he wished that she might be changed into a beautiful pink. and said: 'You shall sit by me. and these he ate.' And when he had spoken these words. or are you dead?' She answered: 'I have just eaten. your majesty must excuse me. and am still satisfied. and the poodle had to run after him. and will soon set you free. after having had none at all for years. whom the wild beasts were said to have torn from your arms. and as it was so high. Said he: 'I am your dear son. and made a great feast. He went to the tower in which his mother was confined. and said: 'You old sinner.

it was faring with the queen in the tower, and if she were alive still, or had perished. Hardly had he formed the wish than the marshal began, and said: 'Your majesty, we live joyously here, but how is the queen living in the tower? Is she still alive, or has she died?' But the king replied: 'She let my dear son be torn to pieces by wild beasts; I will not have her named.' Then the huntsman arose and said: 'Gracious lord father she is alive still, and I am her son, and I was not carried away by wild beasts, but by that wretch the old cook, who tore me from her arms when she was asleep, and sprinkled her apron with the blood of a chicken.' Thereupon he took the dog with the golden collar, and said: 'That is the wretch!' and caused live coals to be brought, and these the dog was compelled to devour before the sight of all, until flames burst forth from its throat. On this the huntsman asked the king if he would like to see the dog in his true shape, and wished him back into the form of the cook, in the which he stood immediately, with his white apron, and his knife by his side. When the king saw him he fell into a passion, and ordered him to be cast into the deepest dungeon. Then the huntsman spoke further and said: 'Father, will you see the maiden who brought me up so tenderly and who was afterwards to murder me, but did not do it, though her own life depended on it?' The king replied: 'Yes, I would like to see her.' The son said: 'Most gracious father, I will show her to you in the form of a beautiful flower,' and he thrust his hand into his pocket and brought forth the pink, and placed it on the royal table, and it was so beautiful that the king had never seen one to equal it. Then the son said: 'Now will I show her to you in her own form,' and wished that she might become a maiden, and she stood there looking so beautiful that no painter could have made her look more so. And the king sent two waiting-maids and two attendants into the tower, to fetch the queen and bring her to the royal table. But when she was led in she ate nothing, and said: 'The gracious and merciful God who has supported me in the tower, will soon set me free.' She lived three days more, and then died happily, and when she was buried, the two white doves which had brought her food to the tower, and were angels of heaven, followed her body and seated themselves on her grave. The aged king ordered the cook to be torn in four pieces, but grief consumed the king's own heart, and he soon died. His son married the beautiful maiden whom he had brought with him as a flower in his pocket, and whether they are still alive or not, is known to God.

CLEVER ELSIE There was once a man who had a daughter who was called Clever Elsie. And

when she had grown up her father said: 'We will get her married.' 'Yes,' said the mother, 'if only someone would come who would have her.' At length a man came from a distance and wooed her, who was called Hans; but he stipulated that Clever Elsie should be really smart. 'Oh,' said the father, 'she has plenty of good sense'; and the mother said: 'Oh, she can see the wind coming up the street, and hear the flies coughing.' 'Well,' said Hans, 'if she is not really smart, I won't have her.' When they were sitting at dinner and had eaten, the mother said: 'Elsie, go into the cellar and fetch some beer.' Then Clever Elsie took the pitcher from the wall, went into the cellar, and tapped the lid briskly as she went, so that the time might not appear long. When she was below she fetched herself a chair, and set it before the barrel so that she had no need to stoop, and did not hurt her back or do herself any unexpected injury. Then she placed the can before her, and turned the tap, and while the beer was running she would not let her eyes be idle, but looked up at the wall, and after much peering here and there, saw a pick-axe exactly above her, which the masons had accidentally left there. Then Clever Elsie began to weep and said: 'If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and we send him into the cellar here to draw beer, then the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him.' Then she sat and wept and screamed with all the strength of her body, over the misfortune which lay before her. Those upstairs waited for the drink, but Clever Elsie still did not come. Then the woman said to the servant: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie is.' The maid went and found her sitting in front of the barrel, screaming loudly. 'Elsie why do you weep?' asked the maid. 'Ah,' she answered, 'have I not reason to weep? If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and has to draw beer here, the pick-axe will perhaps fall on his head, and kill him.' Then said the maid: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down beside her and began loudly to weep over the misfortune. After a while, as the maid did not come back, and those upstairs were thirsty for the beer, the man said to the boy: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie and the girl are.' The boy went down, and there sat Clever Elsie and the girl both weeping together. Then he asked: 'Why are you weeping?' 'Ah,' said Elsie, 'have I not reason to weep? If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and has to draw beer here, the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him.' Then said the boy: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down by her, and likewise began to howl loudly. Upstairs they waited for the boy, but as he still did not return, the man said to the woman: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie is!' The woman went down, and found all three in the midst of their lamentations, and inquired what was the cause; then Elsie told her also that her future child was to be killed by the pick-axe, when it grew big and had to draw beer, and the pick-axe fell down. Then said the

mother likewise: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down and wept with them. The man upstairs waited a short time, but as his wife did not come back and his thirst grew ever greater, he said: 'I must go into the cellar myself and see where Elsie is.' But when he got into the cellar, and they were all sitting together crying, and he heard the reason, and that Elsie's child was the cause, and the Elsie might perhaps bring one into the world some day, and that he might be killed by the pick-axe, if he should happen to be sitting beneath it, drawing beer just at the very time when it fell down, he cried: 'Oh, what a clever Elsie!' and sat down, and likewise wept with them. The bridegroom stayed upstairs alone for along time; then as no one would come back he thought: 'They must be waiting for me below: I too must go there and see what they are about.' When he got down, the five of them were sitting screaming and lamenting quite piteously, each out-doing the other. 'What misfortune has happened then?' asked he. 'Ah, dear Hans,' said Elsie, 'if we marry each other and have a child, and he is big, and we perhaps send him here to draw something to drink, then the pick-axe which has been left up there might dash his brains out if it were to fall down, so have we not reason to weep?' 'Come,' said Hans, 'more understanding than that is not needed for my household, as you are such a clever Elsie, I will have you,' and seized her hand, took her upstairs with him, and married her. After Hans had had her some time, he said: 'Wife, I am going out to work and earn some money for us; go into the field and cut the corn that we may have some bread.' 'Yes, dear Hans, I will do that.' After Hans had gone away, she cooked herself some good broth and took it into the field with her. When she came to the field she said to herself: 'What shall I do; shall I cut first, or shall I eat first? Oh, I will eat first.' Then she drank her cup of broth and when she was fully satisfied, she once more said: 'What shall I do? Shall I cut first, or shall I sleep first? I will sleep first.' Then she lay down among the corn and fell asleep. Hans had been at home for a long time, but Elsie did not come; then said he: 'What a clever Elsie I have; she is so industrious that she does not even come home to eat.' But when evening came and she still stayed away, Hans went out to see what she had cut, but nothing was cut, and she was lying among the corn asleep. Then Hans hastened home and brought a fowler's net with little bells and hung it round about her, and she still went on sleeping. Then he ran home, shut the house-door, and sat down in his chair and worked. At length, when it was quite dark, Clever Elsie awoke and when she got up there was a jingling all round about her, and the bells rang at each step which she took. Then she was alarmed, and became uncertain whether she really was Clever Elsie or not, and said: 'Is it I, or is it not I?' But she knew not what answer to make to this, and stood for a time in doubt; at length she thought: 'I will go home and ask if it be I, or if it be not I, they will be sure to know.' She ran to the door of her own house, but it was shut; then

she knocked at the window and cried: 'Hans, is Elsie within?' 'Yes,' answered Hans, 'she is within.' Hereupon she was terrified, and said: 'Ah, heavens! Then it is not I,' and went to another door; but when the people heard the jingling of the bells they would not open it, and she could get in nowhere. Then she ran out of the village, and no one has seen her since.

THE MISER IN THE BUSH A farmer had a faithful and diligent servant, who had worked hard for him three years, without having been paid any wages. At last it came into the man's head that he would not go on thus without pay any longer; so he went to his master, and said, 'I have worked hard for you a long time, I will trust to you to give me what I deserve to have for my trouble.' The farmer was a sad miser, and knew that his man was very simple-hearted; so he took out threepence, and gave him for every year's service a penny. The poor fellow thought it was a great deal of money to have, and said to himself, 'Why should I work hard, and live here on bad fare any longer? I can now travel into the wide world, and make myself merry.' With that he put his money into his purse, and set out, roaming over hill and valley. As he jogged along over the fields, singing and dancing, a little dwarf met him, and asked him what made him so merry. 'Why, what should make me down-hearted?' said he; 'I am sound in health and rich in purse, what should I care for? I have saved up my three years' earnings and have it all safe in my pocket.' 'How much may it come to?' said the little man. 'Full threepence,' replied the countryman. 'I wish you would give them to me,' said the other; 'I am very poor.' Then the man pitied him, and gave him all he had; and the little dwarf said in return, 'As you have such a kind honest heart, I will grant you three wishes--one for every penny; so choose whatever you like.' Then the countryman rejoiced at his good luck, and said, 'I like many things better than money: first, I will have a bow that will bring down everything I shoot at; secondly, a fiddle that will set everyone dancing that hears me play upon it; and thirdly, I should like that everyone should grant what I ask.' The dwarf said he should have his three wishes; so he gave him the bow and fiddle, and went his way. Our honest friend journeyed on his way too; and if he was merry before, he was now ten times more so. He had not gone far before he met an old miser: close by them stood a tree, and on the topmost twig sat a thrush singing away most joyfully. 'Oh, what a pretty bird!' said the miser; 'I

Meanwhile the miser crept out of the bush half-naked and in a piteous plight. and that the fellow who did it carried a bow at his back and a fiddle hung round his neck. 'I will soon bring it down. but the judge told him that was not likely. Then the miser began to beg and promise. 'Bind me fast. 'My Lord Judge. 'No. and began to ponder how he should take his revenge. The miser crept into the bush to find it.' So he took the purse. 'Oh. so that the blood ran down. and struck up a tune. for pity's sake.' But the countryman seized his fiddle.' said the other. on account of the dwarf's third gift. and he himself was all scratched and wounded. 'It is only this once. and he danced him along brisker and brisker. and offered money for his liberty. and jailer were in motion. and said he had been robbed of his money. and had just gained by cheating some poor fellow. 'No. What have I done to deserve this?' 'Thou hast shaved many a poor soul close enough.' The miser cried out. So away he was taken.' replied the other.' said the countryman.' said he. and . but directly he had got into the middle.' 'Anything but thy life. Then the judge sent out his officers to bring up the accused wherever they should find him. his companion took up his fiddle and played away. and at the first note judge. he said. for heaven's sake!' cried the miser. only to let me play upon my fiddle for the last time. and serve his late companion some trick. and cut the matter short by ordering him off to the gallows. capering higher and higher in the air.' said the countryman.' Then he took up his bow. but as he stood on the steps he said. The thorns soon began to tear his clothes till they all hung in rags about him. Then the miser said. 'Master! master! pray let the fiddle alone.would give a great deal of money to have such a one. clerks. and down fell the thrush into the bushes at the foot of the tree. and the miser began to dance and spring about. bind me fast. and beaten him into the bargain. 'I will agree to your proposal. and he was soon caught and brought up to be tried. and travelled on very pleased with his bargain. and the miser bid higher and higher. but he did not come up to the musician's price for some time. he will soon have done. you gave it me for playing a tune to you. 'I do not ask my life. put up his fiddle. When the countryman saw so much money. he could not refuse the request.' 'If that's all. till at last he offered a round hundred of florins that he had in his purse. At last he went to the judge. 'thou art only meeting thy reward': so he played up another tune. grant me one last request. The miser began to tell his tale. no! no! for heaven's sake don't listen to him! don't listen to him!' But the judge said.' The fact was. 'Oh. all began capering. and complained that a rascal had robbed him of his money.

and gave her an old grey frock to put on. away with the kitchen-maid!' Then they took away her fine clothes. In the evening when she was tired. they were fair in face but foul at heart. to cook and to wash. and the little girl went every day to her grave and wept. 'Fine clothes. and turned her into the kitchen. and laughed at her. they called her Ashputtel. to make the fire. There she was forced to do hard work. to rise early before daylight. and all the people who had followed to look on. that she brought home with her. and when she felt that her end drew nigh. 'they who would eat bread should first earn it. of course. And the snow fell and spread a beautiful white covering over the grave. 'Tell us now. Besides that. 'I acknowledge that I stole it. and there seemed to be no end of playing or dancing. till the judge not only gave him his life. and miser.' Soon afterwards she shut her eyes and died. and beg him to leave off. she called her only daughter to her bed-side.' said the . At the second note the hangman let his prisoner go.' 'I stole it. and left the miser to take his place at the gallows. the sisters plagued her in all sorts of ways. and said. to bring the water. but he stopped not a whit the more for their entreaties. they began to cry out. and laughed at her. and asked his wife's daughters what he should bring them.' Then the countryman stopped his fiddle. It happened once that the father was going to the fair. made her always dusty and dirty. her father had married another wife. and was always good and kind to all about her. where you got that gold. she had no bed to lie down on. At first the thing was merry and pleasant enough. or I shall play on for your amusement only.no one could hold the miser. and the sun had melted it away again. and was buried in the garden. and by the time he had played the first bar of the tune. all were dancing together--judge. you vagabond. court. 'What does the good-for-nothing want in the parlour?' said they. and that you earned it fairly. and I will look down from heaven and watch over you. but promised to return him the hundred florins. ASHPUTTEL The wife of a rich man fell sick. and said. Then he called to the miser.' said the miser in the presence of all the people. This new wife had two daughters of her own. and danced also. and it was now a sorry time for the poor little girl. but by the time the spring came. 'Always be a good girl. but when it had gone on a while. and as this. but was made to lie by the hearth among the ashes.

so they called her up. next came two turtle-doves. and there it grew and became a fine tree. through the sky. pick. 'what will you have?' 'The first twig.' Then she did as she was told. and if in two hours' time you have picked them all out. and who cannot even dance--you want to go to the ball? And when she kept on begging. but when all was done she could not help crying. and said. that brushes against your hat when you turn your face to come homewards. 'I will throw this dishful of peas into the ash-heap. and chaffinch gay. pick. and cried out: 'Hither. to get rid of her. she said at last. and went to her mother's grave and planted it there.' cried the second. 'Pearls and diamonds. pick. child. 'Now. Then he bought for the first two the fine clothes and pearls and diamonds they had asked for: and on his way home. And the little doves stooped their heads down and set to work. 'You. fly! Blackbird. and almost pushed off his hat: so he broke it off and brought it away. Long before the end of the hour the work was quite . haste away! One and all come help me. she should so have liked to have gone with them to the ball. Now it happened that the king of that land held a feast. and watched over her. and brought her whatever she wished for. and soon a little bird came and built its nest upon the tree. pick. flying in at the kitchen window. Three times every day she went to it and cried. and out of those who came to it his son was to choose a bride for himself. quick! Haste ye. and cried so much that it was watered with her tears. chirping and fluttering in: and they flew down into the ashes. and after them came all the little birds under heaven. Ashputtel's two sisters were asked to come. for she thought to herself. pick. and tie our sashes for us. 'Now. and put it into a dish but left the ashes. you shall go to the feast too. and when he got home he gave it to his daughter.first. a hazel twig brushed against him.' said she. Turtle-doves and linnets. hither. thrush. as he rode through a green copse. pick: and among them all they soon picked out all the good grain. 'you who have nothing to wear. Ashputtel!' said she. and at last she begged her mother very hard to let her go. which was to last three days. Then she took it. and then the others began to pick. and talked with her.' Then she threw the peas down among the ashes. no clothes at all. brush our shoes. haste ye!--pick. but the little maiden ran out at the back door into the garden. Hither. comb our hair. dear father. hither.' said he to his own daughter. pick!' Then first came two white doves. for we are going to dance at the king's feast.

But the little maiden went out into the garden at the back of the house. no! you slut. Gold and silver over me!' Then her friend the bird flew out of the tree. and they never once thought of Ashputtel. So she shook two dishes of peas into the ashes. And then Ashputtel took the dishes to her mother. haste away! One and all come help me.done. Before half an hour's time all was done. you cannot go. pick. next came two turtle-doves. you have no clothes. and cannot dance. 'If you can in one hour's time pick two of those dishes of peas out of the ashes. and after them came all the little birds under heaven. and the little doves put their heads down and set to work. and cried out as before: 'Hither. and left all the ashes. pick. and you would only put us to shame': and off she went with her two daughters to the ball. pick. and cannot dance. But her mother said. The king's son soon came up to her. and followed her sisters to the feast. But they did not know her. hither. pick. haste ye!--pick. and slippers of spangled silk. Turtle-doves and linnets. pick!' Then first came two white doves in at the kitchen window. and she put them on. and all flew out again at the windows. and out they flew again. shake. you shall not go. And they flew down into the ashes. But the mother said. Ashputtel went sorrowfully and sat down under the hazel-tree. she said. and took her by the hand and danced . and nobody left at home. and cried out: 'Shake. Now when all were gone. and then the others began pick. and brought a gold and silver dress for her.' And thus she thought she should at least get rid of her. and they put all the good grain into the dishes. hither. she looked so fine and beautiful in her rich clothes. pick. quick! Haste ye. Then Ashputtel brought the dish to her mother. 'No. overjoyed at the thought that now she should go to the ball. and thought it must be some strange princess. chirping and hopping about. hazel-tree.' And when Ashputtel begged very hard to go. 'It is all of no use. taking it for granted that she was safe at home in the dirt. Hither. fly! Blackbird. and chaffinch gay. through the sky. thrush. you have no clothes. pick. rejoicing to think that she should now go to the ball. you shall go too.

there lay Ashputtel among the ashes. Then he waited till her father came home. For she had run as quickly as she could through the pigeon-house and on to the hazel-tree. took her by the hand. and then put on her little grey frock. he said as before. 'This lady is dancing with me. 'This lady is dancing with me. . and her father.' Thus they danced till a late hour of the night. who was waiting for her. Gold and silver over me!' And the bird came and brought a still finer dress than the one she had worn the day before. 'I shall go and take care of you to your home'. as she always did. But she slipped away from him. and could not find out where she was gone. shake.' The father thought to himself. jumped up into it without being seen. and danced with her. hazel-tree. in her dirty frock by the ashes. unawares. she jumped up into the pigeon-house and shut the door. and sisters were gone. The next day when the feast was again held. but found no one upon it. and carried her beautiful clothes back to the bird at the hazel-tree. that the bird might carry them away. and told him that the unknown maiden. everyone wondered at her beauty: but the king's son. 'The unknown lady who danced with me has slipped away.' When night came she wanted to go home. and they cut down the tree. he said. And when they came back into the kitchen. In this garden stood a fine large pear-tree full of ripe fruit. Ashputtel went to the hazel-tree. and as they came back into the house. Ashputtel was lying. and had lain down again amid the ashes in her little grey frock. but when anyone else came to ask her to dance. and as the prince followed her. but waited till her father came home. and Ashputtel. Then the king's son lost sight of her. and said to him. 'Can it be Ashputtel?' So he had an axe brought. and I think she must have sprung into the pear-tree. and ran off towards home. and put them beneath the tree. not knowing where to hide herself.with her. and had there taken off her beautiful clothes. and when anyone asked her to dance. But when they had broken open the door they found no one within. for she had slipped down on the other side of the tree. and said: 'Shake. and her dim little lamp was burning in the chimney. that he might see into what house she went: but she sprang away from him all at once into the garden behind her father's house. for he wanted to see where the beautiful maiden lived. and then she wanted to go home: and the king's son said. mother. had hid herself in the pigeon-house. who had been at the feast. And when she came in it to the ball. and the king's son followed here as before. and no one else: and he never left her hand.

he said. and he saw. and on the branch sat a little dove singing: 'Back again! back again! look to the shoe! The shoe is too small. and not made for you! Prince! prince! look again for thy bride. and slippers which were all of gold: so that when she came to the feast no one knew what to say. you will not want to walk. she again slipped away from him. however. and rode away with her homewards. But her mother squeezed it in till the blood came. and thus squeezed on the shoe. what a trick she had played him. and brought the false bride back to her home. all but the heel. for they had beautiful feet. and had no doubt that they could wear the golden slipper. hazel-tree. and the shoe was altogether much too small for her. 'I will take for my wife the lady that this golden slipper fits.' Then the prince got down and looked at her foot. Gold and silver over me!' Then her kind friend the bird brought a dress still finer than the former one. Then he took her for his bride. For she's not the true one that sits by thy side. she went again into the garden. So he turned his horse round. which was too large. and when anyone else asked her to dance. when you are queen you will not care about toes. let the other sister try and put on the slipper. But her great toe could not go into it. and went to the king's son. and the mother stood by. 'This lady is _my_ partner. and took her to the king's son: and he set her . for wonder at her beauty: and the king's son danced with nobody but her. but. though in such a hurry that she dropped her left golden slipper upon the stairs. Then the mother gave her a knife. sir. The eldest went first into the room where the slipper was. shake. But on their way home they had to pass by the hazel-tree that Ashputtel had planted. and the king's son would go with her. and said.' When night came she wanted to go home.The third day. The prince took the shoe. 'I will not lose her this time'.' Then she went into the room and got her foot into the shoe. and said. and went the next day to the king his father.' So the silly girl cut off her great toe. 'Never mind. 'This is not the right bride. and said. and set her beside him on his horse. and said: 'Shake. by the blood that streamed from it. when her father and mother and sisters were gone.' Then both the sisters were overjoyed to hear it. and wanted to try it on. cut it off. and said to himself.

every day after dinner. and so went home with her. For she's not the true one that sits by thy side. however. and turned pale with anger as he took Ashputtel on his horse. she will not dare to show herself. when the table was cleared. and no one else was present.' However. So he turned his horse and brought her also back again. and sang: 'Back again! back again! look to the shoe! The shoe is too small. and it seemed as if news of the most secret things was brought to him through the air. and rode away with her. and rode away with her. no. the white dove sang: 'Home! home! look at the shoe! Princess! the shoe was made for you! Prince! prince! take home thy bride.' The prince told him to send her. It was covered. and put on the golden slipper. she is much too dirty. And when he drew near and looked at her face he knew her. But the mother said.as his bride by his side on his horse. 'there is only a little dirty Ashputtel here. and she first washed her face and hands. But he had a strange custom.' But the mother and both the sisters were frightened. I am sure she cannot be the bride. 'This is not the true bride. And when they came to the hazel-tree. THE WHITE SNAKE A long time ago there lived a king who was famed for his wisdom through all the land. and then went in and curtsied to him. and he reached her the golden slipper.' said he. the prince would have her come. it came flying.' said he to the father. the child of my first wife. For she is the true one that sits by thy side!' And when the dove had done its song. 'have you no other daughters?' 'No. Nothing was hidden from him. and perched upon her right shoulder. 'No. that her white stockings were quite red. a trusty servant had to bring him one more dish. 'This is the right bride. and said. and not made for you! Prince! prince! look again for thy bride. and even the servant did not know what . and it fitted her as if it had been made for her. Then she took her clumsy shoe off her left foot.' Then he looked down. and saw that the blood streamed so much from the shoe. But when they came to the hazel-tree the little dove sat there still.

for the king never took off the cover to eat of it until he was quite alone. kill her. he himself should be looked upon as guilty and executed. No sooner had it touched his tongue than he heard a strange whispering of little voices outside his window. who took away the dish. When his request was granted he set out on his way. where he saw three fishes caught in the reeds and gasping for water. But when he saw it he could not deny himself the pleasure of tasting it. Eating the snake had given him power of understanding the language of animals. and one day came to a pond. and telling one another of all kinds of things which they had seen in the fields and woods. so he cut of a little bit and put it into his mouth. was overcome with such curiosity that he could not help carrying the dish into his room. The servant refused everything. Now it so happened that on this very day the queen lost her most beautiful ring. whilst they were making their feathers smooth with their bills. and as she was being dressed for the spit. and weighed her in his hand. carried her to the kitchen. and one said in a pitiful tone: 'Something lies heavy on my stomach. the queen's ring was found inside her. as I was eating in haste I swallowed a ring which lay under the queen's window. and only asked for a horse and some money for travelling.was in it. This had gone on for a long time.' 'Yes. when one day the servant.' The servant at once seized her by the neck.' said the cook. He went and listened. pray. as he had a mind to see the world and go about a little. though . he was dismissed with no better answer. they were having a confidential conversation together. allowed him to ask a favour. 'she has spared no trouble to fatten herself. and has been waiting to be roasted long enough. When he had carefully locked the door. and promised him the best place in the court that he could wish for.' So he cut off her head. neither did anyone know. and threatened with angry words that unless he could before the morrow point out the thief. and said to the cook: 'Here is a fine duck. The servant could now easily prove his innocence. and the king. In his trouble and fear he went down into the courtyard and took thought how to help himself out of his trouble. The servant stood by and listened. In vain he declared his innocence. who was allowed to go everywhere. Now some ducks were sitting together quietly by a brook and taking their rest. he lifted up the cover. and saw a white snake lying on the dish. The king ordered the man to be brought before him. Now. and suspicion of having stolen it fell upon this trusty servant. and. and then noticed that it was the sparrows who were chattering together. They were telling one another of all the places where they had been waddling about all the morning. and what good food they had found. to make amends for the wrong.

'we cannot find food for you any longer. you are big enough. and crying: 'Oh. and when he had walked a long way. nevertheless when the youth saw the king's daughter he was so overcome by her great beauty that he forgot all danger. and a gold ring was thrown into it. flapping their wings. There was a great noise and crowd in the streets. and cried to him: 'We will remember you and repay you for saving us!' He rode on. satisfied their hunger. So he was led out to the sea. but whoever seeks her hand must perform a hard task. with their clumsy beasts. and if he does not succeed he will forfeit his life. then they went away. but in vain. . crying aloud: 'The king's daughter wants a husband. and. and throwing out their young ones.' Many had already made the attempt. good-for-nothing creatures!' cried they. leaving him alone by the sea. when suddenly he saw three fishes come swimming towards him. and gave it to them for food. and added: 'If you come up again without it you will be thrown in again and again until you perish amid the waves. with his heavy hoofs. before his eyes. and a man rode up on horseback. he heard them lamenting that they must perish so miserably.' All the people grieved for the handsome youth. keep off our bodies? That stupid horse. 'Out with you. went before the king. and after a while it seemed to him that he heard a voice in the sand at his feet. which it laid on the shore at the youth's feet. what helpless chicks we are! We must shift for ourselves. he got off his horse and put the three prisoners back into the water. there lay the gold ring in the shell. has been treading down my people without mercy!' So he turned on to a side path and the ant-king cried out to him: 'We will remember you--one good turn deserves another!' The path led him into a wood. but lie here and starve?' So the good young fellow alighted and killed his horse with his sword. Then they came hopping up to it. He stood on the shore and considered what he should do. The one in the middle held a mussel in its mouth. They leapt with delight. put out their heads. and when he had taken it up and opened it. and cried: 'We will remember you--one good turn deserves another!' And now he had to use his own legs. and heard an ant-king complain: 'Why cannot folks. and can provide for yourselves.' But the poor young ravens lay upon the ground. and there he saw two old ravens standing by their nest. and yet we cannot fly! What can we do. and declared himself a suitor.it is said that fishes are dumb. He listened. as he had a kind heart. you idle. he came to a large city. and they were the very fishes whose lives he had saved. then the king ordered him to fetch this ring up from the bottom of the sea.

and took the Golden Apple to the king's beautiful daughter. full of joy. and said: 'Although he has performed both the tasks. set out homewards. but he set out. when we had grown big. She went down into the garden and strewed with her own hands ten sacksful of millet-seed on the grass. but he could think of nothing. where the Tree of Life stands. as long as his legs would carry him. But as soon as the first rays of the sun shone into the garden he saw all the ten sacks standing side by side. and heard that you were seeking the Golden Apple. The ant-king had come in the night with thousands and thousands of ants. and said: 'We are the three young ravens whom you saved from starving. and lay down under a tree to sleep. then she said: 'Tomorrow morning before sunrise these must be picked up.Full of joy he took it to the king and expected that he would grant him the promised reward. and would have gone on for ever. and a golden apple fell into his hand. who had now no more excuses left to make. and not a single grain was missing. But he heard a rustling in the branches. and they lived in undisturbed happiness to a great age. But she could not yet conquer her proud heart. THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS There was once upon a time an old goat who had seven little kids. They cut the Apple of Life in two and ate it together. and there he sat sorrowfully awaiting the break of day.' The youth sat down in the garden and considered how it might be possible to perform this task. quite full. and have brought you the apple. Presently the king's daughter herself came down into the garden. he shall not be my husband until he had brought me an apple from the Tree of Life. though he had no hope of finding it.' The youth did not know where the Tree of Life stood.' The youth. After he had wandered through three kingdoms. and then her heart became full of love for him. we flew over the sea to the end of the world. she scorned him. and the grateful creatures had by great industry picked up all the millet-seed and gathered them into the sacks. and loved them with all the love of a mother for her children. and was amazed to see that the young man had done the task she had given him. and not a single grain be wanting. perched themselves upon his knee. and required him first to perform another task. when he should be led to death. But when the proud princess perceived that he was not her equal in birth. One day she . he came one evening to a wood. At the same time three ravens flew down to him.

your mother is here and has brought something back with her for each of you.' The little kids cried: 'First show us your paws that we may know if you are our dear little mother.' and refused.' cried they. But who should come in but the wolf! They were terrified and wanted to hide themselves. knocked at it and said: 'Open the door for me. I will devour you. who was in the clock-case. be on your guard against the wolf. but your voice is rough. and used no great ceremony. ate this and made his voice soft with it. the sixth under the washing-bowl. dear children. your dear little mother has come home. but you will know him at once by his rough voice and his black feet.' But the wolf had laid his black paws against the window. we will take good care of ourselves. 'We will not open the door. he will devour you all--skin. laid himself down under a tree in the green meadow outside. dear children. and called: 'Open the door. but the wolf said: 'If you will not do it. you are the wolf!' Then the wolf went away to a shopkeeper and bought himself a great lump of chalk. you may go away without any anxiety. pleasant voice. But the wolf found them all. if he comes in. I have to go into the forest. this is the way of mankind. and has brought something back with her for each of you. the fourth into the kitchen. Soon afterwards the old goat came home again from the forest.wanted to go into the forest and fetch some food. When the wolf had satisfied his appetite he took himself off.' Then the miller was afraid. The wretch often disguises himself.' Then he put his paws in through the window and when the kids saw that they were white. rub some dough over them for me. by the rough voice. 'you are not our mother. and went on her way with an easy mind. hair. and has brought every one of you something back from the forest with her. and the seventh into the clock-case. So now the wretch went for the third time to the house-door. It was not long before someone knocked at the house-door and called: 'Open the door. and everything. the third into the stove. your mother is here. our mother has not black feet like you: you are the wolf!' Then the wolf ran to a baker and said: 'I have hurt my feet. So she called all seven to her and said: 'Dear children. Truly. one after the other he swallowed them down his throat. was the only one he did not find. The youngest. he ran to the miller and said: 'Strew some white meal over my feet for me.' And when the baker had rubbed his feet over. and made his paws white for him.' But the little kids knew that it was the wolf. knocked at the door of the house. the fifth into the cupboard.' The miller thought to himself: 'The wolf wants to deceive someone. and opened the door. the second into the bed. Ah! what a sight she saw .' The kids said: 'Dear mother. children. they believed that all he said was true. She has a soft. and the children saw them and cried: 'We will not open the door.' Then the old one bleated. One sprang under the table. and began to sleep. Then he came back.

chairs. But it feels like big stones. a soft voice cried: 'Dear mother. they came running to the spot and cried aloud: 'The wolf is dead! The wolf is dead!' and danced for joy round about the well with their mother. so that he was not aware of anything and never once stirred. Then you may imagine how she wept over her poor children. and were all still alive. and the quilts and pillows were pulled off the bed. I am in the clock-case. when she came to the youngest. When they came to the meadow. and when she had cut farther. She sought her children. and as the stones in his stomach made him very thirsty. the stones in his stomach knocked against each other and rattled.' Then the seven kids dragged the stones thither with all speed. and jumped like a tailor at his wedding. and the goat cut open the monster's stomach. however. but they were nowhere to be found. But when he began to walk and to move about. 'Ah. When the wolf at length had had his fill of sleep. and the youngest kid ran with her. What rejoicing there was! They embraced their dear mother. At length in her grief she went out. At last. and had suffered no injury whatever. and hardly had she made one cut. there lay the wolf by the tree and snored so loud that the branches shook. She called them one after another by name. said: 'Now go and look for some big stones. .' she said. She looked at him on every side and saw that something was moving and struggling in his gorged belly. and we will fill the wicked beast's stomach with them while he is still asleep. can be still alive?' Then the kid had to run home and fetch scissors. and a needle and thread. When the seven kids saw that.' And when he got to the well and stooped over the water to drink. The mother. he wanted to go to a well to drink. and benches were thrown down.' She took the kid out. he got on his legs. and put as many of them into this stomach as they could get in. The table. 'is it possible that my poor children whom he has swallowed down for his supper. all six sprang out one after another. than one little kid thrust its head out. heavens. and he drowned miserably. and it told her that the wolf had come and had eaten all the others. Then cried he: 'What rumbles and tumbles Against my poor bones? I thought 'twas six kids. for in his greediness the monster had swallowed them down whole.there! The house-door stood wide open. the washing-bowl lay broken to pieces. and the mother sewed him up again in the greatest haste. the heavy stones made him fall in. but no one answered.

they must all be found: and if one be missing by set of sun. he showed each of them to a bed-chamber. and no man was to be seen. should try to travel through the world. but all were of marble. so that they could not return home again. I will not suffer you to trouble them. The next morning he came to the eldest and took him to a marble table. but they soon fell into a wasteful foolish way of living. so that they could look into the next room. they called a third time.' At length the three brothers came to a castle: and as they passed by the stables they saw fine horses standing there. when they. and came to a lake where many many ducks were swimming about. But the dwarf said.' . However. under the moss. and there was so much honey that it ran down the trunk. and then he rose and came out to them. 'Let the poor things enjoy themselves. in order to see how the poor ants in their fright would run about and carry off their eggs.' Next they came to a bees'-nest in a hollow tree. and said. containing an account of the means by which the castle might be disenchanted. and they called to him once or twice. to think that he. I cannot let you burn them. The two brothers wanted to catch two. till they came to a door on which were three locks: but in the middle of the door was a wicket. lie the thousand pearls belonging to the king's daughter. had been unable to get on. There they saw a little grey old man sitting at a table. and the two brothers wanted to light a fire under the tree and kill the bees. Then their brother. 'Let the poor things enjoy themselves. Then they went through all the rooms. But the dwarf held them back. you shall not kill them. The first tablet said: 'In the wood.' So on they went. he who seeks them will be turned into marble. But the little dwarf said. The two elder brothers would have pulled it down. and roast them. 'Let the pretty insects enjoy themselves.THE QUEEN BEE Two kings' sons once upon a time went into the world to seek their fortunes. but he did not hear: however. but took hold of them and led them to a beautiful table covered with all sorts of good things: and when they had eaten and drunk. He said nothing. where there were three tablets. so as to get their honey. who was so young and simple. who was a little insignificant dwarf. and came at last to an ant-hill. went out to seek for his brothers: but when he had found them they only laughed at him. who were so much wiser. they all set out on their journey together.

Then came the queen of the bees. and took their proper forms. Then he cut his leather out. who had been saved by the little dwarf from the fire. and all exactly alike: but he was told that the eldest had eaten a piece of sugar. Now they were all beautiful. and she tried the lips of all three. and the job was so tiresome!--so he sat down upon a stone and cried.' And as the dwarf came to the brink of it. with five thousand ants. and he had not found the first hundred: so he was turned into stone as the tablet had foretold. and at last all he had in the world was gone. And as he sat there. and it was not long before they had found all the pearls and laid them in a heap. and was king after her father's death. the king of the ants (whose life he had saved) came to help him. but at last she sat upon the lips of the one that had eaten the honey: and so the dwarf knew which was the youngest. and sought for the pearls the whole day: but the evening came. but it was so hard to find the pearls. meaning . and they dived down and soon brought in the key from the bottom. so he was to guess which it was that had eaten the honey. The second tablet said: 'The key of the princess's bed-chamber must be fished up out of the lake. and he looked in the moss. but he succeeded no better than the first. and therefore he too was turned into stone. At last came the little dwarf's turn. who worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon.The eldest brother set out. The next day the second brother undertook the task. It was to choose out the youngest and the best of the king's three daughters. And the dwarf married the youngest and the best of the princesses. Thus the spell was broken. all ready to make up the next day. The third task was the hardest. the next some sweet syrup. and the youngest a spoonful of honey. he saw the two ducks whose lives he had saved swimming about. for he could only find the second hundred of the pearls. save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes. and all who had been turned into stones awoke. but his two brothers married the other two sisters. THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER There was once a shoemaker.

and the good man soon became thriving and well off again. and watched what would happen. This was long before daybreak. bought leather enough to make two pairs more. In the morning after he had said his prayers. As soon as it was midnight. and indeed it is not very decent.' The thought pleased the good cobbler very much. so that he bought leather enough for four pair more. he said to her. who paid him handsomely for his goods. as before. that we may see who it is that comes and does my work for me. left all his cares to Heaven. and the shoes stood ready for use upon the table. there came in two little naked dwarfs. and soon fell asleep. all was so neat and true. I'll tell you what. as he and his wife were sitting over the fire chatting together. till the job was quite done. stitching and rapping and tapping away at such a rate. but he was saved all the trouble.to rise early in the morning to his work. The same day a customer came in. and the shoes suited him so well that he willingly paid a price higher than usual for them. and began to ply with their little fingers. when. I will make each of them a shirt.' The wife liked the thought. for they have nothing upon their backs to keep off the cold. 'These little wights have made us rich. about Christmas-time. for when he got up in the morning the work was done ready to his hand. One evening. The good man knew not what to say or think at such an odd thing happening. His conscience was clear and his heart light amidst all his troubles. and a coat and waistcoat. He cut out the work again overnight and found it done in the morning. that it was quite a masterpiece. In the evening he cut out the work. he sat himself down to his work. and one evening. took up all the work that was cut out. and went to bed early. and do you make each of them a little pair of shoes. when . and a pair of pantaloons into the bargain. and they sat themselves upon the shoemaker's bench. Soon in came buyers. there was not one false stitch in the whole job. to his great wonder. 'I should like to sit up and watch tonight. and could not take his eyes off them. The next day the wife said to the shoemaker. that he might get up and begin betimes next day. with the money. so they left a light burning. and we ought to be thankful to them. I am quite sorry to see them run about as they do. there stood the shoes all ready made. and the poor shoemaker. and then they bustled away as quick as lightning. and so it went on for some time: what was got ready in the evening was always done by daybreak. And on they went. He looked at the workmanship. so he went peaceably to bed. behind a curtain that was hung up there. upon the table. and hid themselves in a corner of the room. and do them a good turn if we can. that the shoemaker was all wonder.

that she fell on her knees. and then the blossoms began to fall. in which grew a juniper-tree. Once again the wife stood under the juniper-tree. that the wife prayed for it day and night. One winter's day the wife stood under the tree to peel some apples. and it seemed to her that her wish was granted. The good couple saw them no more. and then went and hid themselves. About midnight in they came. weeping. and before another month had passed she had a little child. her heart grew light within her. and away over the green. and said to him. and it was so full of sweet scent that her heart leaped for joy. So the months followed one another.' sighed the woman heavily. but still they remained childless. 'Ah. So greatly did they desire to have one. as merry as could be. and . to watch what the little elves would do. and danced and capered and sprang about. but when they were fully ripe she picked the berries and ate eagerly of them. instead of the work that they used to cut out. hopped round the room. A little while later she called her husband.' and as she spoke the words. THE JUNIPER-TREE Long. Presently the fruit became round and firm. and the snow had all disappeared. till at last they danced out at the door. and she returned to the house feeling glad and comforted. some two thousand years or so. A month passed. Then they dressed themselves in the twinkling of an eye. but everything went well with them from that time forward.' Then she felt comforted and happy again. In front of the house there was a court. they laid them on the table. as long as they lived. then another month went by. and soon the green branches grew thickly intertwined.all the things were ready. and she was glad and at peace. and then went to sit down to their work as usual. dancing and skipping. and she was so overcome with her happiness. and seemed mightily delighted. and as she was peeling them. there lived a rich man with a good and beautiful wife. they laughed and chuckled. and then she grew sad and ill. They loved each other dearly. and all the earth was green. bury me under the juniper-tree. but sorrowed much that they had no children. and the blood fell on the snow. 'If I die. 'if I had but a child. long ago. and first the trees budded in the woods. but when they saw the clothes lying for them. she cut her finger. as red as blood and as white as snow.

and crash! down went the lid. then she set the boy's head again on his shoulders. for she snatched the apple out of her little daughter's hand. So she went upstairs to her room.' she thought. and off went the little boy's head. give me an apple. and although at times he still grieved over his loss. 'Mother. and wept bitterly for her. my child. and it seemed as if an evil spirit entered into her. By degrees. and when she looked at her and then looked at the boy. and had no peace from the time he left school to the time he went back. He now had a little daughter born to him. 'Come with me.' said the little daughter again. .' She threw the apple into the chest and shut it to. Her husband buried her under the juniper-tree. The mother loved her daughter very much. She drove him from place to place with cuffings and buffetings. This evil thought took possession of her more and more. 'Mother. his sorrow grew less. the child of his first wife was a boy. One day the little daughter came running to her mother in the store-room. 'Mother. and later on he married again. and the evil spirit in the wife made her say kindly to him. her joy was so great that she died. 'You shall not have one before your brother. who was as red as blood and as white as snow. 'If only I can prevent anyone knowing that I did it. and she was continually thinking how she could get the whole of the property for her. give me an apple. and said. but she answered. and bound it with the handkerchief so that nothing could be seen. and took a white handkerchief out of her top drawer. the chest had a very heavy lid and a large iron lock. The little boy now came in. however.' said the boy. so that the poor child went about in fear. Then she was overwhelmed with fear at the thought of what she had done. and said. and she gave her a beautiful apple out of the chest. 'how dreadful you look! Yes.' said the wife. the evil spirit urged her. 'may not brother have one too?' The mother was angry at this. 'My son.' she said. it pierced her heart to think that he would always stand in the way of her own child. 'Yes.' 'Yes. 'take one out for yourself.when she saw that it was as white as snow and as red as blood. and made her behave very unkindly to the boy.' The thought came to her that she would kill him. will you have an apple?' but she gave him a wicked look.' And as he bent over to do so. and she lifted up the lid of the chest. he was able to go about as usual. when he comes out of school. and placed him on a chair by the door with an apple in his hand.' Just then she looked out of the window and saw him coming.

and she had no sooner done so. 'he is gone into the country to his mother's great uncle.' 'What has he gone there for.' With this he went on with his dinner. then all her sadness seemed to leave her. and as he ate. and her tears fell into the pot. and he looks so pale. 'Mother. brother is sitting by the door with an apple in his hand. and said. 'Where is my son?' 'Oh. we will make him into puddings. so that there was no need of salt. he is well looked after there. Then she laid them in the green grass under the juniper-tree. and his head rolled off. he asked. She was so terrified at this. and that frightened me.' So little Marleen went. he did not answer. and he told me he should be away quite six weeks. 'I have knocked off brother's head. and in it she wrapped all the bones from under the table and carried them outside. 'but no one must know about it. 'Brother. 'in case it should not be all right. and put him in the pot.' and then she wept and wept. and nothing would stop her. . Little Marleen went upstairs and took her best silk handkerchief out of her bottom drawer. so you must keep silence.' 'I feel very unhappy about it. and he never even said goodbye to me!' 'Well. what is done can't be undone.' but he did not say a word.' said her mother. 'What have you done!' said her mother.' Then he asked his wife for more pudding. and when I asked him to give me the apple. Presently the father came home and sat down to his dinner. why do you weep? Brother will soon be back. 'Little Marleen. and wept and wept. he likes being there. But Marleen stood looking on. give me that apple.' said the husband. 'and if he does not answer.Soon after this. made him into puddings. that she ran crying and screaming to her mother. 'Oh!' she said. then she gave him a box on the ear. 'Where is my son?' The mother said nothing. and he ought to have said goodbye to me. and Marleen still wept without ceasing.' answered the wife. he is going to stay there some time.' And she took the little boy and cut him up. The father again asked. but gave him a large dish of black pudding.' 'Go to him again. and said. little Marleen came up to her mother who was stirring a pot of boiling water over the fire. he threw the bones under the table. and said. give him a box on the ear. and all the time she did nothing but weep.

'Only sing me that again. as it might be someone clapping their hands for joy. when he heard the song of the bird on his roof. and then together again. and when it could no more be seen.' 'Here is the chain. My father grieved when I was gone. and then he alighted again in front of the goldsmith and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. He thought it so beautiful that he got up and ran out. and the silk handkerchief and the bones were gone. The bird flew away and alighted on the house of a goldsmith and began to sing: 'My mother killed her little son. first away from one another. singing magnificently.and she wept no more. 'Bird. and I will sing it you again. Little Marleen now felt as lighthearted and happy as if her brother were still alive. and the branches waved backwards and forwards. My sister loved me best of all.' 'Nay. and so he stood gazing up at the bird. he still had on his apron. take it. and in the midst of it there was a burning as of fire.' he said. Give that gold chain. . And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. with a slipper on one foot and a sock on the other. and as he crossed the threshold he lost one of his slippers. and she went back to the house and sat down cheerfully to the table and ate.' The bird flew down and took the gold chain in his right claw. And now the juniper-tree began to move. After this a mist came round the tree. that rose high into the air. and still held the gold chain and the pincers in his hands. and out of the fire there flew a beautiful bird.' said the goldsmith. My father grieved when I was gone.' said the bird. 'how beautifully you sing! Sing me that song again. She laid her kerchief over me. But he ran on into the middle of the street. Kywitt. the juniper-tree stood there as before. what a beautiful bird am I!' The goldsmith was in his workshop making a gold chain. My sister loved me best of all. while the sun came shining brightly down on the street.

She laid her kerchief over me. and its neck like burnished gold. .' The bird flew down and took the red shoes in his left claw. and saw how splendid it was with its red and green feathers. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. then the apprentices. what a beautiful bird am I!' Then he flew away. 'now sing me that song again. My sister loved me best of all. and they all ran up the street to look at the bird. My father grieved when I was gone.' The wife went in and fetched the shoes. bring them to me. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. what a beautiful bird am I!' The shoemaker heard him. and he jumped up and ran out in his shirt-sleeves.' he said. come and look at it and hear how beautifully it sings.' 'Nay. 'There. and stood looking up at the bird on the roof with his hand over his eyes to keep himself from being blinded by the sun. 'Bird. girls and boys. Kywitt. My sister loved me best of all. She laid her kerchief over me. and then he went back to the roof and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. here is a bird. My father grieved when I was gone. and eyes like two bright stars in its head. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. 'Bird. come out. and settled on the roof of a shoemaker's house and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. on the upper shelf you will see a pair of red shoes. She laid her kerchief over me. 'how beautifully you sing!' Then he called through the door to his wife: 'Wife.' said the shoemaker. 'sing me that song again. bird.' said the man. Kywitt. 'go into the garret.' Then he called his daughter and the children. you must give me something.' said the shoemaker.' answered the bird.' 'Wife.

' he said. Kywitt. then four more left off. Kywitt. two more men left off and listened. Underneath And now only five. 'what a beautiful song that is you sing! Let me hear it too. My father grieved when I was gone. he flew away. Kywitt. click clack. My sister loved me best of all. sing it again.' The bird settled on a lime-tree in front of the mill and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. She laid her kerchief over me. 'I do not sing twice for nothing.' answered the bird. and the mill went 'Click clack. and as they went 'Hick hack. then one of the men left off. what a beautiful bird am I!' When he had finished. And took my bones that they might lie now there were only eight at work. He had the chain in his right claw and the shoes in his left.' Inside the mill were twenty of the miller's men hewing a stone. and now only one. give me that . hick hack. click clack. what a beautiful bird am I!' then he looked up and the last one had left off work. the juniper-tree.' 'Nay.And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. 'Bird.' the mill went 'Click clack. and he flew right away to a mill. click clack. hick hack. click clack.

and little Marleen were having their dinner.millstone. and all the while little Marleen sat in the corner and wept. She laid her kerchief over me. and the plate on her knees was wet with her tears. 'so pleased and cheerful. and I will sing it again. and with the chain in his right claw.' said the others: 'if he will sing again. I feel just as if I were going to see an old friend again. . My sister loved me best of all. and the millstone round his neck. The father. 'and how beautifully the sun shines.' 'Yes. yes. then the bird put his head through the hole and took the stone round his neck like a collar. he can have it.' said the man. My father grieved when I was gone. as if a heavy thunderstorm were coming.' 'If it belonged to me alone.' said the father. what a beautiful bird am I!' And when he had finished his song.' said the mother. 'and I am so full of distress and uneasiness that my teeth chatter.' But little Marleen sat and wept and wept. 'you should have it. and all the twenty millers set to and lifted up the stone with a beam. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt.' said the father. Then the bird came flying towards the house and settled on the roof. Kywitt. the mother. he flew right away to his father's house. 'How lighthearted I feel.' 'And I. 'I do feel so happy. 'I feel so uneasy.' The bird came down.' and she tore open her dress. and flew back with it to the tree and sang-'My mother killed her little son. The bird now flew to the juniper-tree and began singing: 'My mother killed her little son. he spread his wings. the shoes in his left.' 'Ah!' said the wife. and I feel as if there were a fire in my veins.

and her cap fell from her head.' But the wife was in such fear and trouble. 'See. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. what a splendid bird that is. 'if I were but a thousand feet beneath the earth. and looks so beautiful himself. do not go!' cried the wife. 'Ah me!' cried the wife. and what a delicious scent of spice in the air!' My sister loved me best of all.' said the man. what a beautiful bird am I!' With that the bird let fall the gold chain. 'Ah. so that it fitted him exactly. he has given me this beautiful gold chain.' My father grieved when I was gone. then the woman fell down again as if dead. 'at the beautiful bird that is singing so magnificently. Then the bird began again: 'My mother killed her little son. She laid her kerchief over me.the mother shut her eyes and her ears. 'Look. 'I feel as if the whole house were in flames!' But the man went out and looked at the bird. but there was a roaring sound in her ears like that of a violent storm. Kywitt. and how warm and bright the sun is. . He went inside.' said the man. that she might see and hear nothing. and it fell just round the man's neck. and said. then little Marleen laid her head down on her knees and sobbed. 'I must go outside and see the bird nearer. that she fell on the floor. and in her eyes a burning and flashing like lightning: My father grieved when I was gone. mother. that I might not hear that song.

and it kept getting larger and larger. there was one plant bigger than all the rest. She laid her kerchief over me. 'I will go out too and see if the bird will give me anything. and she was crushed to death. When the seed came up. pulling off his red coat. then they all three rejoiced. And took my bones that they might lie and he threw down the shoes to her. THE TURNIP There were two brothers who were both soldiers.' The wife sprang up. The father and little Marleen heard the sound and ran out.' said little Marleen. so that it might have been called the prince of turnips for . but that has all passed away. 'Well. the one was rich and the other poor. and when these had passed.My sister loved me best of all. and he took the father and little Marleen by the hand. and he has given me a pair of red shoes.' But as she crossed the threshold. there stood the little brother. he became a gardener. The poor man thought he would try to better himself.' she said.' she said. and sowed turnips. so. and seemed as if it would never cease growing. with her hair standing out from her head like flames of fire.' So she went out. what a beautiful bird am I!' And she now felt quite happy and lighthearted. and dug his ground well. she put on the shoes and danced and jumped about in them. 'I was so miserable. and went inside together and sat down to their dinners and ate. that is indeed a splendid bird. 'and see if it will lighten my misery. crash! the bird threw the millstone down on her head. Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. but they only saw mist and flame and fire rising from the spot. 'when I came out. for I feel as if the world were coming to an end. 'Then I will go out too. Kywitt.

and said. When he reached home. but because I am poor.' 'Ah. and having shown them where to lie in ambush. but such a monster as this I never saw.' Then he gave him gold and lands and flocks. 'What a wonderful thing!' said the king. At last it was so big that it filled a cart. and never will again. When the brother heard of all this. and at length wicked thoughts came into his head. so I laid aside my red coat. who never could get enough to live upon. they heard the trampling of a . One day he said to himself. and how a turnip had made the gardener so rich. no!' answered the gardener.' The king then took pity on him. 'Dear brother. and made him so rich that his brother's fortune could not at all be compared with his. so the soldier was forced to put it into a cart. I have a brother. I have found a hidden treasure. and said he knew not what to give in return more valuable and wonderful than the great turnip. However. and set to work. and said. and share it between us. and for eating. everybody forgets me. the little turnips are better than this. the best thing perhaps is to carry it and give it to the king as a mark of respect. nor whether it would be a blessing or a curse to him. and bethought himself how he could contrive to get the same good fortune for himself. I am a poor soldier. Where did you get the seed? or is it only your good luck? If so. who is rich. and your majesty knows him well. and were going to hang him on a tree. he went to his brother. and as they were travelling along. tilling the ground. and drew the turnip to the court. what must his present be wroth? The king took the gift very graciously. bound him. let us go and dig it up. and thought he must have a much larger gift in return. he envied him sorely. it will bring no more than another. he knew not upon whom to vent his rage and spite. and the gardener knew not what in the world to do with it.there never was such a one seen before. But whilst they were getting all ready. and drag it home with him. and all the world knows him. 'You shall be poor no longer. So he hired some villains to murder him.' The other had no suspicions of his roguery: so they went out together.' Then he yoked his oxen. 'I am no child of fortune. I will give you so much that you shall be even richer than your brother. you are a true child of fortune. and two oxen could hardly draw it. 'I have seen many strange things. for if his brother had received so much for only a turnip. and gave it to the king. and got together a rich present of gold and fine horses for the king. and he resolved to kill his brother. he determined to manage more cleverly than his brother. the murderers rushed out upon him. 'What shall I do with it? if I sell it.

the number of the sands on the seashore. my friend!' The student looked about everywhere.' So saying. Here I discern the signs and motions of the heavens and the stars. Wert thou but once here. As soon as the man in the sack saw him passing under the tree. 'dost thou not feel that wisdom comes unto thee? Rest there in peace. if thou wilt reward me well and entreat me kindly.' So the student sat himself down and waited a while. and shall come forth wiser than the wisest of mankind. but thou must tarry yet an hour below. at last he said. as if very unwillingly. and left the poor fellow . till he made a hole large enough to put out his head. and singing as he went. friend?' said he. and of precious stones. 'Lift up thine eyes. learned great and wondrous things. the healing of the sick. he proved to be a student. 'that is not the way. the virtues of all simples. and soon swung up the searcher after wisdom dangling in the air. though wouldst feel and own the power of knowledge. 'Thou must let the sack of wisdom descend. for behold here I sit in the sack of wisdom. When the horseman came up.' said the gardener. he cried out. the laws that control the winds. A little longer. of birds. who was journeying along on his nag. till thou art a wiser man than thou wert. cannot you contrive to let me into the sack for a little while?' Then the other answered. The student listened to all this and wondered much. Compared to this seat. but the time hung heavy upon him. he trotted off on the student's nag. by untying yonder cord. 'Who calls me?' Then the man in the tree answered. Meantime he worked and worked away.' So the student let him down. and swung him up by a cord to the tree. Then the other pretended to give way. and not knowing where the voice came from. and then thou shalt enter. till I have learnt some little matters that are yet unknown to me. cried out. my friend. and set him free.' cried he. and ran away.' Then he pushed him in head first.' As he began to put himself into the sack heels first. which so frightened them that they pushed their prisoner neck and shoulders together into a sack. a merry fellow. for his thirst for knowledge was great. 'let me ascend quickly. tied up the sack. and seeing no one. and said.horse at a distance. where they left him dangling. 'Blessed be the day and hour when I found you. in a short time. and I shall know all that man can know. here have I. and he begged earnestly that he might ascend forthwith. 'Good morning! good morning to thee. 'Now then. all the learning of the schools is as empty air. 'A little space I may allow thee to sit here. 'How is it with thee. opened the sack. 'Wait a while.

' What did you take her?' 'Took her nothing. you should have put a rope round the goat's neck. Hans. mother.' 'That was ill done. will do better next time. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel.' Gretel presents Hans with a knife. 'Good day. she gave me something. Goodbye. sticks it into a hay-cart.' Hans comes to Gretel. ties its legs. Goodbye.to gather wisdom till somebody should come and let him down. Hans. Hans. Hans. Hans. Gretel. I'll do better next time. she gave me something. Hans. 'Good evening. CLEVER HANS The mother of Hans said: 'Whither away.' Hans comes to Gretel. Hans?' Hans answered: 'To Gretel.' 'That's ill done. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing.' 'Goodbye.' 'Good evening. mother. sticks it in his sleeve. and puts it in his pocket. had something given me.' 'Where is the needle.' 'Where is the knife.' 'Never mind. Hans.' 'Good evening.' 'What did you take her?' 'Took nothing. Gretel.' 'Good day. I'll behave well. mother. Hans. Hans?' 'To Gretel.' 'Oh. I want something given me.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'She gave me a goat. Hans. 'Good evening.' 'Where is the goat.' Hans takes the knife.' 'Goodbye.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a needle. Hans. mother. Gretel. Hans.' . Gretel. and follows the cart home. Hans. When he gets home it is suffocated.' 'Whither away.' Gretel presents Hans with a young goat.' 'Behave well. 'Good day.' 'Whither away. I want to have something given to me. and goes home.' 'What did you take her?' 'Took nothing.' Hans comes to Gretel.' 'That was ill done. mother. I want to have something given me.' 'Goodbye. mother.' 'Behave well.' Hans takes the goat.' 'Good day. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. Goodbye. Hans?' 'Stuck in the hay-cart. will do better next time. Hans. you should have put the knife in your pocket.' 'Behave well. I'll behave well.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a knife. Hans?' 'Stuck in my sleeve. You should have stuck the needle in your sleeve.' 'Good evening. Hans.' 'Good day. 'Goodbye.' Gretel presents Hans with a needle. Gretel. Gretel. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel.' 'Goodbye. What do you bring that is good?' 'I bring nothing. mother.' 'Oh. I'll behave well. Hans?' 'Put it in my pocket. 'Good evening. mother. Hans.' 'Goodbye. Hans. Hans says: 'Goodbye.' 'Never mind.' 'Never mind. Hans. 'Good day. Hans.' 'Oh.' Hans takes the needle. What do you bring that is good?' 'I bring nothing.' 'Goodbye. 'Goodbye. Hans?' 'To Gretel.

Hans.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took nothing.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took her nothing.' 'Whither away.' 'Behave well.' 'Good day. Goodbye.' 'That was ill done.' 'Good evening. and scattered some grass for her. Hans?' 'To Gretel. mother.' Hans comes to Gretel. Hans. mother.'Whither away. Gretel.' 'Goodbye.' Hans comes to Gretel.' 'Never mind. 'Good day. she gave me something.' 'Good day. ties it to a rope. Hans. Gretel. mother.' 'Where have you the calf.' 'Goodbye.' 'Never mind.' 'Goodbye. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. but had something given me.' Hans takes the calf.' 'Behave well. mother. Hans. mother. Hans. tied her to the rack. and there is no longer anything hanging on to it. Hans.' 'I'll behave well. and the calf kicks his face. but would have something given. 'Good evening. 'Good day.' 'Whither away. Gretel. she came with me.' 'Where is the bacon. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing.' 'That was ill done. 'Good evening. you should have cast friendly eyes on her. Gretel.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a bit of bacon. I want something given me. Hans?' 'To Gretel. Hans. Hans. When he gets home. 'Good day.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'A calf.' 'I'll behave well.' Hans comes to Gretel. ties her to a rope. 'Goodbye. Hans. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. dogs took it. you should have carried the bacon on your head. I'll behave well. brought it home. 'Goodbye. he has the rope in his hand. mother. and put it in the stall. Hans. will do better next time.' 'Good evening. Then Hans goes to his mother. Hans. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. will do better next time.' 'Goodbye. but would have something given. Goodbye. The dogs come and devour the bacon. mother. 'Good evening. Hans. Hans. Hans?' 'I set it on my head and it kicked my face. Hans. leads her to the rack.' Hans takes Gretel. Hans.' Gretel says to Hans: 'I will go with you.' 'Oh. Hans.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took her nothing. Hans?' 'I tied it to a rope.' 'Never mind. Gretel. will do better. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing. puts it on his head.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'She gave me nothing. mother. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing. and drags it away behind him. Hans. mother.' 'Where have you left Gretel?' 'I led her by the rope.' 'Good evening. Hans?' 'To Gretel.' Hans takes the bacon. you should have led the calf.' . Goodbye.' 'Good day.' 'That was ill done.' Gretel presents Hans with a calf.' Gretel presents Hans with a piece of bacon. and binds her fast.' 'Goodbye.' 'Behave well.

but I warn you. and threw them in Gretel's face. I have learnt what the dogs say when they bark. Then Gretel became angry.' 'Lord have mercy on us!' cried the father.' The youth was sent into a strange town. but when they should have killed him. who shall see what he can do with you. you have spent the precious time and learnt nothing. 'if you will pass the night down there in the old tower.' The youth was taken thither. are you not ashamed to appear before my eyes? I will send you to a third master. called his people thither.' They took him forth. which bark and howl without stopping. however. cut out all the calves' and sheep's eyes.' said the lord of the castle. and kill him.' Then the father fell into a rage and said: 'Oh. 'Yes. and give me something that I can throw to . what have you learnt?' He answered: 'Father.Hans went into the stable. and was no longer the bride of Hans. they could not do it for pity. When he came back the father again asked: 'My son. You must go from hence. for it is full of wild dogs. At the end of this time. The youth wandered on. and said: 'This man is no longer my son. I drive him forth. I will give you into the care of a celebrated master. The youth. what have you learnt?' he answered: 'Dear father. tore herself loose and ran away. my son. and stayed a year with this master likewise.' The whole district was in sorrow and dismay because of them.' Then the father fell into the most furious anger. and command you to take him out into the forest. Then said the father: 'Hark you. my son. was without fear. and said: 'Just let me go down to the barking dogs. THE THREE LANGUAGES An aged count once lived in Switzerland. I have learnt what the birds say. to another master. go thither. and when he came home again. and his father asked: 'Now. and his father inquired: 'My son. and could learn nothing. and let him go. he came home again. whom they at once devour. I will no longer be your father.' The youth remained a whole year with the third master also. and they cut the eyes and tongue out of a deer that they might carry them to the old man as a token. what have you learnt?' 'Father. try as I will I can get nothing into your head. sprang up. and remained a whole year with the master. you lost man. but he was stupid. and at certain hours a man has to be given to them. but if you learn nothing this time also. and yet no one could do anything to stop this. 'is that all you have learnt? I will send you into another town. I have this year learnt what the frogs croak. and after some time came to a fortress where he begged for a night's lodging. it is at the peril of your life. who had an only son.

and as she thought to herself: 'He is clever and full of experience. They at length agreed that the person should be chosen as pope who should be distinguished by some divine and miraculous token. from their discourse. that he was to be his Holiness the Pope. and when he became aware of what they were saying. He was undecided.' Then all who heard this rejoiced. they will do nothing to harm me. but the two doves sat continually on his shoulders. and they can have no rest until it is taken away. in which a number of frogs were sitting croaking. the dogs did not bark at him. and did not hurt one hair of his head.' she spoke to him in a friendly way. After some time he took it in his head that he would travel to Rome. he came out again safe and unharmed. and the country was freed from the trouble. how that is to be done. Next morning. When he went inside.them. and said it all in his ear. but the doves counselled him to do it. and suddenly two snow-white doves flew on his shoulders and remained sitting there. and asked him on the spot if he would be pope. to the astonishment of everyone. and I have likewise learnt. At last he arrived in Rome. The ecclesiastics recognized therein the token from above. but wagged their tails quite amicably around him. how are you? How is all with you? How are you getting on in these hard . they had disappeared. 'Good day. And just as that was decided on. and there was great doubt among the cardinals as to whom they should appoint as his successor. and thus was fulfilled what he had heard from the frogs on his way. where the Pope had just died. They are bewitched. which had so affected him. in their own language. dear Mr Fox. He listened to them. and much esteemed in the world. and led him down to the tower. and are obliged to watch over a great treasure which is below in the tower. He went down again. why they dwell there. and brought a chest full of gold out with him. and the lord of the castle said he would adopt him as a son if he accomplished it successfully. and did not know one word of it. the young count entered into the church. and bring evil on the land. and at length he said yes. and knew not if he were worthy of this. and as he knew what he had to do. The howling of the wild dogs was henceforth heard no more. ate what he set before them.' As he himself would have it so. THE FOX AND THE CAT It happened that the cat met the fox in a forest. Then was he anointed and consecrated. they gave him some food for the wild animals. he grew very thoughtful and sad. On the way he passed by a marsh. he did it thoroughly. Then he had to sing a mass. and said to the lord of the castle: 'The dogs have revealed to me.

and he soon showed himself so clever. You make me sorry for you.' 'No. 'Open your sack. I can spring into a tree and save myself. 'Ah. 'that is not an honest calling. you hungry mouse-hunter. and I will teach you to become the cunningest thief that ever was. 'go with me. and should like to begin by learning some art or trade. you piebald fool. At last he said: 'Oh. open your sack. went all out at the gate together.times?' The fox. that nothing could escape him that he had once set his mind upon.' So the young man agreed to follow his trade. come with me. 'You with your hundred arts are left in the lurch! Had you been able to climb like me. where the branches and foliage quite concealed her. looked at the cat from head to foot.' So the four brothers took their walking-sticks in their hands. When they had got on some way they came to four crossways. you would not have lost your life. what can you be thinking of? Have you the cheek to ask how I am getting on? What have you learnt? How many arts do you understand?' 'I understand but one. and were holding him fast.' Just then came a hunter with four dogs. The cat sprang nimbly up a tree. Then the eldest said. you must go out into the wide world and try your luck. Mr Fox.' cried the cat to him. Begin by learning some craft or another.' So each brother went his way. and what can one look to earn by it in the end but the gallows?' 'Oh!' said the man. full of all kinds of arrogance.' said the other.' THE FOUR CLEVER BROTHERS 'Dear children. and in the meantime each must try what he can do for himself. I will teach you how people get away from the hounds. and asked him where he was going. and where no one can find you out. and for a long time did not know whether he would give any answer or not. Mr Fox.' 'Is that all?' said the fox. 'I am going to try my luck in the world. 'When the hounds are following me. modestly. for I will only teach you to steal what will be fair game: I meddle with nothing but what no one else can get or care anything about. and their little bundles on their shoulders.' said a poor man to his four sons. and have into the bargain a sackful of cunning.' said the man. and see how you can get on. 'you need not fear the gallows. but the dogs had already seized him. and as the eldest was hastening on a man met him. 'Then.' replied the cat. . each leading to a different country. 'I have nothing to give you.' cried the cat. and what he wanted. 'Here we must part. 'I am master of a hundred arts. you wretched beard-cleaner. and after bidding their father goodbye. 'What art is that?' asked the fox. but this day four years we will come back to this spot. and sat down at the top of it.' answered he.

'Cut all the eggs in two pieces at one shot.' The third brother met a huntsman. 'Would not you like. come with me. the four brothers met at the four cross-roads. set off towards their father's home. and nothing can be hidden from you. 'I do not know yet. and at one shot struck all the five eggs as his father wished. Then. 'that is not my sort of tailoring. 'Then come with me.' 'Oh!' answered the man.' After the space of four years. 'I should like to try what each of you can do in this way. and brought away to his father the five eggs from under the bird.' The youngest brother likewise met a man who asked him what he wished to do. asked him what craft he meant to follow. and said.' said he.' Not knowing what better to do. and wanted to leave his master.' said he. where they told him all that had happened to them. be it as soft as an egg or as hard as steel. when he found out what he was setting out upon. and put one on each corner of the table. looked up. as they were sitting before the house under a very high tree.' So the cunning thief climbed up the tree.' So he looked up. the father said. and learnt tailoring from the beginning. and said to the huntsman. . and he soon became such a skilful star-gazer. working backwards and forwards with a needle and goose. that he became very clever in the craft of the woods. 'With this you can see all that is passing in the sky and on earth. he gave him a glass. he came into the plan. It is a noble art. and you will learn quite another kind of craft from that.' The plan pleased him much. and said. and said. and the fifth in the middle. when once you understand the stars. tell me how many eggs there are in it. and said to the second son. who. who took him with him. and when he left his master. and said. 'Five. and having welcomed each other.' The huntsman took up his bow. and when he left his master he gave him a bow.' The star-gazer took his glass. that when he had served out his time. for nothing can be hidden from you. and taught him so well all that belonged to hunting. one day.The second brother also met a man. will never suit me. 'You can sew anything with this.' said the father to the eldest son. 'take away the eggs without letting the bird that is sitting upon them and hatching them know anything of what you are doing. but kept sitting on at its ease. 'At the top of this tree there is a chaffinch's nest. no!' said the young man. 'to be a tailor?' 'Oh. 'Whatever you shoot at with this bow you will be sure to hit. Then the father took the eggs. and how each had learned some craft. and be a star-gazer. he gave him a needle. at the time agreed upon. and it never saw or felt what he was doing. 'sitting cross-legged from morning to night.' 'Now. and the joint will be so fine that no seam will be seen.

so quietly and gently that the beast did not know it. and went and stole her away from under the dragon. and put them under the bird without its knowing it. Then she went on sitting. So the tailor took his needle. and he sat down upon these.' said he to the young tailor. the huntsman took up his bow and shot him straight through the heart so that he fell down dead. and the king mourned over his loss day and night. with his head upon her lap. There they found the princess sitting. guarding her. 'I dare not shoot at him. till they came to the right place. . where the tailor had sewn them together. sitting upon a rock in the sea. and sewed the eggs as he was told. and learnt something worth the knowing. sons!' said the old man. for the king's daughter had been carried off by a mighty dragon. 'Well done. and when he had done. but soon came the dragon roaring behind them through the air. and then tacked them together so quickly that the boat was soon ready.' Then he went to the king. so neatly that the shot shall have done them no harm. and with a few large stitches put some of the planks together. and made it known that whoever brought her back to him should have her for a wife. but went on snoring. however. and sailed about and gathered up all pieces of the boat. and the dragon was lying asleep.'Now comes your turn. 'you have made good use of your time. and had only a little red streak across their necks. They were still not safe. But when he got over the boat. and asked for a ship for himself and his brothers. for he was such a great beast that in his fall he overset the boat. 'I see her afar off. 'sew the eggs and the young birds in them together again. 'for I should kill the beautiful young lady also. let us try what we can do. and hatched them: and in a few days they crawled out.' Then the tailor took his needle. and they then reached the ship and got home safe. 'I will soon find out where she is.' 'Then I will try my skill. that a time might soon come for you to turn your skill to some account!' Not long after this there was a great bustle in the country. and he soon cried out. Then away they hastened with her full of joy in their boat towards the ship.' said the huntsman. and wanted to pounce upon them and carry off the princess. but I am sure I do not know which ought to have the prize. and they had to swim in the open sea upon a few planks.' said the thief.' And they agreed to see whether they could not set the princess free. Oh. as he looked through his glass. 'Here is a chance for us. the thief was sent to take them back to the nest. Then the four brothers said to each other.' said the star-gazer. and they sailed together over the sea. on the rock. for he awoke and missed the princess. as the star-gazer had said. and I can spy the dragon close by.

But to make up for your loss. and took good care of their father. and when he went into any garden and asked for such a thing. and asked him whether he thought roses grew in snow.' Now it was no easy task to find a rose. 'Dear father. thinking what he should bring her. she is mine. than to let either the dragon or one of the craftsmen have her again. On one side the . there is somebody she likes a great deal better. who had three daughters. 'One of you shall marry her. therefore she ought to be mine. and around the castle was a garden. therefore she ought to be mine. the best way is for neither of you to have her: for the truth is. 'Each of you is right. This grieved him very much. in one half of which it seemed to be summer-time and in the other half winter.' So the brothers agreed that this plan would be much better than either quarrelling or marrying a lady who had no mind to have them. the people laughed at him. her father said he would try what he could do. 'for if I had not killed the dragon. 'If I had not found the princess out. but before he went he asked each daughter what gift he should bring back for her.' said the tailor. bring me a rose.' said the huntsman.' said the thief. but you must settle amongst yourselves which it is to be. I will give each of you. and said. and the star-gazer said. 'you would all have been drowned. and as he was journeying home. yet as she was his prettiest daughter. and somebody took better care of the young lady. So he kissed all three. all your skill would have been of no use. and he said to the four brothers. he had bought pearls and jewels for the two eldest. he would. as he had said. and they lived very happily the rest of their days. And when the time came for him to go home. therefore she is mine. And the king then gave to each half a kingdom. for Lily was his dearest child.When they had brought home the princess to her father.' 'And if I had not sewn the boat together again. as a reward for his skill. LILY AND THE LION A merchant. for it was the middle of winter. and bid them goodbye.' 'No. 'if I had not taken her away from the dragon. The eldest wished for pearls. but he had sought everywhere in vain for the rose.' 'Your seeing her would have been of no use. the second for jewels. there was great rejoicing. but the third.' Then the king put in a word. have torn you and the princess into pieces. and was very fond of flowers. said. was once setting out upon a journey. who was called Lily. after all.' Then there arose a quarrel between them. and as all cannot have the young lady. half a kingdom. he came to a fine castle.

till the night came again. my dearest child! I have bought this flower at a high price. 'It may perhaps be only a cat or a dog. and went away by himself. And as he came near home. and when he has you. his youngest and dearest daughter. 'Tomorrow there will be a great feast in your father's house. and welcomed him home. she came running. I will go to the lion. as he called to his servant. and said he would give the lion whatever should meet him first on his return. she was still more glad.' And at last the man yielded with a heavy heart. and told him to go to a beautiful bed of roses that was there. 'It may be my youngest daughter. the word you have given must be kept. and then he held his court. for they had . he will tear you in pieces. and eat you. 'I knew not that the garden belonged to you. and if you wish to go and visit her my lions shall lead you thither. The prince was only to be seen as soon as evening came.' Then the servant was greatly frightened.' The next morning she asked the way she was to go. But she comforted him. can nothing save my life?' 'No!' said the lion. and on the other everything looked dreary and buried in the snow. and the rose too for your daughter. and roared out. if you agree to this. who loves me most. 'A lucky hit!' said he. But her father began to be very sorrowful. and everyone was overjoyed to see her. And when Lily came to the castle. that met him. By day he and all his court were lions.' Then she rejoiced much at the thoughts of seeing her father once more. and when she saw that he had brought her the rose. After some time he said to her. 'Alas. she knew not whither. but every morning he left his bride. he welcomed her so courteously that she agreed to marry him. they were riding away well pleased. This done. and took leave of her father. for I have said I would give you to a wild lion. and took the rose. 'Dear father. and to weep. saying. I will give you your life. The wedding-feast was held. and soothe him: perhaps he will let me come safe home again.finest flowers were in full bloom. and set out with the lions. 'Whoever has stolen my roses shall be eaten up alive!' Then the man said.' Then he told her all that had happened. and said. and kissed him. 'nothing. and went forth with a bold heart into the wood. and bring him away one of the finest flowers. and said. and always runs to meet me when I go home. when up sprang a fierce lion. for your eldest sister is to be married. But the lion was an enchanted prince. and they lived happily together a long time. and said she should not go. unless you undertake to give me whatever meets you on your return home. it was Lily.' But the man was unwilling to do so and said. let what would happen. but in the evening they took their right forms again.

and be forced to wander about the world for seven long years. no one saw that there was a crack in the door.' said the sun. However. she gave him no rest. but as the train came from the church. and passed with the torches before the hall. and she chose a large hall with thick walls for him to sit in while the wedding-torches were lighted.' said the . a very small ray of light fell upon the prince. that will show you the way I am going.' thought she to herself. 'Thou blowest through every tree and under every leaf--hast thou not seen my white dove?' 'No. she cried unto it. Then she began to be glad. and said she would take care no light should fall upon him. and stayed till the feast was over. and said. and then went back to the wood. and it said to her. and took with them their little child.thought her dead long since. nor took any rest.' So she went to the sun and said. Thus she went roving on through the wide world. and at last you may overtake and set me free. and looked neither to the right hand nor to the left. and every now and then a white feather fell. Then the wedding was held with great pomp. for he should be changed into a dove. he flew out at the door. 'Seven years must I fly up and down over the face of the earth. for seven years. 'I cannot help thee but I will give thee an egg--break it when need comes. So at last they set out together. and showed her the way she was to journey. and said that it would be a very hazardous thing. and when his wife came in and looked for him.' Then she thanked the moon. In a moment he disappeared. yet repose was still far off.' said the moon. 'no aid of man can be of use to me. but I will give thee a casket--open it when thy hour of need comes. unluckily. on the hill's top and the valley's depth--hast thou anywhere seen my white dove?' 'No. But she told them how happy she was. 'I have not seen it. 'Thou shinest through the night. but. 'Now. over field and grove--hast thou nowhere seen my white dove?' 'No.' So she thanked the sun. and poor Lily followed. and when Lily was asked to go to the wedding. for if the least ray of the torch-light should fall upon him his enchantment would become still worse. she said to the prince. and when she lifted up her eyes she could nowhere see the dove. for one day as she was travelling on she missed the white feather. 'Thou shinest everywhere. follow it. and went on her way till eventide.' This said. 'I will not go alone this time--you must go with me.' But he would not. and thought to herself that the time was fast coming when all her troubles should end. she found only a white dove. and she raised up her voice to it. Her second sister was soon after married. and went on till the night-wind blew. and when the moon arose. and said. but every now and then I will let fall a white feather.

'I will give thee counsel.' She went on for a long. 'but for flesh and blood. 'Heaven aid me now!' said she. but she took heart and said.' Then the east wind and the west wind came. throw it down. long way. and she said. and both of them will appear to you in their own forms. perhaps they have seen it. otherwise he would not have the strength to bear you the whole way. I will journey on. than she seized the prince by the arm and sprang on to the griffin's back. and found that within it lay a dress as dazzling as the sun itself. therefore. sitting by the Red Sea. break it off. to seek thee. but the south wind said. and found all as the night-wind had said. for the seven years are passed away. and smite the dragon with it. but she told her chamberlain to give the prince a sleeping draught. I will also give thee this nut.' At last the princess agreed. on the right shore stand many rods--count them. and the dragon a princess again.' So our poor wanderer went forth. and is changed once more into a lion.' said she. 'As far as the wind blows. that he might not hear or see her. and at last I have helped thee to overcome . and the prince had fallen asleep. and all the people gazed upon her. I have been to the sun. and she plucked the eleventh rod. and smote the dragon. But no sooner was the princess released from the spell. winged like bird. When evening came. 'Not for gold and silver. 'When you are half-way over. So she put it on. and so the lion will have the victory. and she heard that the wedding was about to be held. she was led into his chamber. and went off carrying the prince away with her. and the lion forthwith became a prince. 'Let me speak with the bridegroom this night in his chamber. and she sat herself down at his feet.' continued the night-wind. and the dragon is an enchanted princess. the moon. and out of the waters will immediately spring up a high nut-tree on which the griffin will be able to rest. and she took the casket that the sun had given her. and he will carry you over the waters to your home. Go to the Red Sea. and I will give thee the dress. Then look round and thou wilt see a griffin. 'but I will ask three other winds. and said they too had not seen it. till at length she came to the castle whither the princess had carried the prince.night-wind. he will let you both fall into the sea. and the night-wind. and there he is fighting with a dragon. Thus the unhappy traveller was again forsaken and forlorn. till I find him once again. and went into the palace.' Then the night-wind said. who seeks to separate him from you. thou dost forget to throw down the nut. and there was a feast got ready. if. 'I have seen the white dove--he has fled to the Red Sea. jump on to his back with thy beloved one as quickly as possible. and when thou comest to the eleventh. and so long as the cock crows. and the dress pleased the bride so much that she asked whether it was to be sold. and said: 'I have followed thee seven years.' The princess asked what she meant.

the dragon. and was to come again that night. Then poor Lily was led away. there ran out a hen and twelve chickens of pure gold.' Then the princess thought to betray her as before. and was so pleased that she came forth and asked her if she would sell the brood. and how a poor maiden had come and spoken to him in his chamber. and said. and after all their troubles they lived happily together to the end of their days. so as to form the most beautiful sight in the world. and how faithful and true to him she had been. 'You have awakened me as from a dream. he knew his beloved wife's voice. and when she saw that there was no help for her. so the farmer would give him nothing more to eat. and when she broke it. When they were half-way across Lily let the nut fall into the water. now grown up to be comely and fair. till the bride saw them from her window. THE FOX AND THE HORSE A farmer had a horse that had been an excellent faithful servant to him: but he was now grown too old to work. but for flesh and blood: let me again this evening speak with the bridegroom in his chamber. and I will give thee the whole brood. I shall not take you back again until you are . There they found their child. who flew back with them over the Red Sea. whereon the griffin rested for a while. and then carried them safely home. but Heaven hath sent you to me in a lucky hour. And the chamberlain told him all--how he had given him a sleeping draught. and agreed to what she asked: but when the prince went to his chamber he asked the chamberlain why the wind had whistled so in the night. and seemed like the whistling of the wind among the fir-trees. Then the prince took care to throw away the sleeping draught. 'Not for gold or silver. Wilt thou then forget me quite?' But the prince all the time slept so soundly. and sprang up. and immediately a large nut-tree arose from the sea. that played about. and then nestled under the old one's wings. 'I want you no longer. and when Lily came and began again to tell him what woes had befallen her. for the strange princess had thrown a spell around me.' And they stole away out of the palace by night unawares. that her voice only passed over him. and said. so take yourself off out of my stable. And she rose up and drove them before her. But as she sat she bethought herself of the egg that the moon had given her. and sat herself down and wept. and forced to give up the golden dress. so that I had altogether forgotten you. she went out into a meadow. and seated themselves on the griffin.

But the fox managed to tie his legs together and bound all so hard and fast that with all his strength he could not set himself free. so he laid himself down quietly for the fox to make him fast to the horse. 'Jip! Dobbin! Jip!' Then up he sprang. and when they came to the horse. 'Here he is. come with me and you may make an excellent meal of his carcase. and said. the fox said. and made his way quietly over the fields to his master's house. and the fox went straight to the lion who lived in a cave close by. 'I have got the better of him': and when the farmer saw his old servant.' The lion was greatly pleased.stronger than a lion. my friend?' said he. but the horse let him sing on. or he would not talk so.' This advice pleased the lion. till all the birds of the wood flew away for fright. my master has forgotten all that I have done for him so many years. what chance can I have of that? he knows I have none. THE BLUE LIGHT There was once upon a time a soldier who for many years had served the king faithfully. lie down there.' However. and set off immediately. the fox clapped the horse on the shoulder.' said he. dragging the lion behind him. seeking some little shelter from the cold wind and rain.' And so the poor old horse had plenty to eat. his heart relented. and eat him at your leisure. and moved off. but when the war came to an end could serve no longer because of the many wounds which he had received. Presently a fox met him: 'What's the matter. the fox bid him be of good cheer. 'why do you hang down your head and look so lonely and woe-begone?' 'Ah!' replied the horse. 'Thou shalt stay in thy stable and be well taken care of. stretch yourself out quite stiff. and wandered up and down in the wood. The poor horse was very melancholy. 'justice and avarice never dwell in one house. and because I can no longer work he has turned me adrift. and he said.' Then he opened the door and turned him adrift. master. The beast began to roar and bellow. 'A little way off lies a dead horse. and then you can draw him to your den. and lived--till he died. 'You will not be able to eat him comfortably here.' The horse did as he was told. and said. and said to him. The king said to him: . I'll tell you what--I will tie you fast to his tail. When the work was done. 'I will help you. and pretend to be dead. and says unless I become stronger than a lion he will not take me back again.

what are your commands?' 'What my commands are?' replied the soldier. you shall only do me a very trifling piece of work. and went away.' The little man took him by the hand. and in the evening the witch proposed that he should stay one night more. went away greatly troubled. and let him down in a basket. let him fall again into the well.' 'What do you wish?' said the soldier.' The soldier consented. it burns blue. and chop it small.' said the little man. there is an old dry well. and you will not receive any more money. tomorrow. and next day laboured with all his strength. and never goes out. he said to the little man: 'Now go and bind the old witch. if you will do what I wish. and carry her before the judge. for he only receives wages who renders me service for them. but when he came near the edge. Nor was it long before the little man . but I will keep you yet another night. which he went up to. in payment for which you must tomorrow chop me a load of wood. and walked the whole day. 'that you can do no more today.' said the soldier. and you shall bring it up again. riding on a wild tom-cat and screaming frightfully. perceiving her evil intention. 'I will not give you the light until I am standing with both feet upon the ground. He sat for a while very sorrowfully. When darkness came on. When the smoke had circled about the cavern. 'Good.' The witch fell into a passion. 'I see well enough. 'Do give me one night's lodging. 'who gives anything to a run-away soldier? Yet will I be compassionate. and the blue light went on burning. and take you in. I need you no longer. she stretched down her hand and wanted to take the blue light away from him. until in the evening he entered a forest.' said the witch. and the soldier took as much gold as he could carry. Behind my house. On the way the dwarf showed him the treasures which the witch had collected and hidden there. When he was above. but could not finish it by the evening. 'I must do everything you bid me. and made her a signal to draw him up again. which was still half full. pulled it out.' thought he.' Then the soldier did not know how to earn a living. and said: 'Lord.' said he to her. 'Tomorrow. and led him through an underground passage.' Next day the old woman took him to the well. he saw a light. He found the blue light. but of what use was that to him? He saw very well that he could not escape death.' The soldier spent the whole day in doing it.'You may return to your home. She did draw him up. lit it at the blue light and began to smoke. 'No. 'That you should dig all round my garden for me. but he did not forget to take the blue light with him. into which my light has fallen. 'or I shall starve. then suddenly he felt in his pocket and found his tobacco pipe. The poor soldier fell without injury on the moist ground. 'This shall be my last pleasure. 'then in the first place help me out of this well.' In a short time she came by like the wind. and a little to eat and drink. suddenly a little black dwarf stood before him. quite astonished. and came to a house wherein lived a witch.' 'Oho!' she answered.' said he.

and make a small hole in the pocket. the manikin carried her back to the royal palace. 'and the witch is already hanging on the gallows. It was only a dream. she shall do servant's work for me. 'Aha! are you there?' cried the soldier. none. 'It is all done. 'Late at night. and the manikin carried in the princess.' 'The dream may have been true. the manikin was standing beside him when he said that. and then he stretched out his feet and said: 'Pull off my boots. The soldier returned to the town from which he came. but he has dismissed me. silently and with half-shut eyes. and yet I am just as tired as if I really had done everything. and laid her in her bed. She.' and then he threw them in her face. 'I will give you a piece of advice. some peas certainly did fall out of her pocket. but it was .' said the king.' said he. and I will appear before you at once. you will fare ill. and then bade the landlord furnish him a room as handsome as possible. and made her pick them up again. when the king's daughter is in bed. he summoned the little black manikin and said: 'I have served the king faithfully. and left me to hunger. 'I was carried through the streets with the rapidity of lightning. but they made no track.' answered the soldier. Fill your pocket full of peas. When the first cock crowed. and clean and brighten them.' When she had done this. 'get to your work at once! Fetch the broom and sweep the chamber. He went to the best inn. 'At this moment. but a very dangerous thing for you.reappeared. for if it is discovered. however. clean his boots. for the crafty manikin had just before scattered peas in every street there was. bring her here in her sleep. 'you can return home. And again the princess was compelled to do servant's work until cock-crow.' 'Nothing more is needed than that you should light your pipe at the blue light. they will fall out and leave a track in the streets. and told him that she had had a very strange dream. ordered himself handsome clothes. and then if you are carried away again.' said she. and heard all. Next morning when the princess arose she went to her father. and now I want to take my revenge. When it was ready and the soldier had taken possession of it.' The manikin said: 'That is an easy thing for me to do.' But unseen by the king. he ordered her to come to his chair. and do all kinds of menial work. the door sprang open. 'and taken into a soldier's room. without opposition. did everything he bade her. only be at hand immediately. and I had to wait upon him like a servant.' When twelve o'clock had struck.' 'What am I to do?' asked the little man. What further commands has my lord?' inquired the dwarf. Next morning the king sent his people out to seek the track. if I summon you. At night when the sleeping princess was again carried through the streets.' Thereupon he vanished from his sight. sweep his room.

' said the latter to his master. and I will give you a ducat for doing it. and thrown into prison. And now loaded with chains. .' 'You may smoke three. for in every street poor children were sitting. and spare not the king who has treated me so ill. he threw himself on the soldier's mercy.' His comrade ran thither and brought him what he wanted. 'What is it?' asked the king. who at the entreaty of the dwarf had gone outside the gate. 'but do not imagine that I will spare your life. 'Go wheresoever they take you. the manikin was there with a small cudgel in his hand. the blue light and the gold. and let them do what they will. The king was terrified. and before you come back from the place where you are taken.' Next day the soldier was tried. hide one of them there.all in vain. When he was led forth to die. she hid her shoe under the bed. 'That I may smoke one more pipe on my way. and his daughter to wife. was soon brought back. and had only one ducat in his pocket.' Then the soldier pulled out his pipe and lighted it at the blue light. picking up peas. 'Have no fear. darting this way and that way. As soon as the soldier was alone again. and whosoever was so much as touched by his cudgel fell to earth. and at night when the soldier again ordered him to bring the princess. I will soon contrive to find it.' answered the king. gave him his kingdom for his own. the judge condemned him to death.' replied the soldier. he lighted his pipe and summoned the black manikin. and said: 'What does my lord command?' 'Strike down to earth that false judge there. It was found at the soldier's. and though he had done nothing wicked. said to him: 'Be so kind as to fetch me the small bundle I have left lying in the inn. revealed it to him. when he chanced to see one of his comrades passing by. and again this third night the princess was obliged to work like a servant. Next morning the king had the entire town searched for his daughter's shoe.' 'We must think of something else. last night. he was standing at the window of his dungeon. and the soldier himself.' The black manikin heard this plot. 'keep your shoes on when you go to bed. and told him that he knew of no expedient to counteract this stratagem. but before she went away. and when this man came up. In his flight he had forgotten the most valuable things he had. and did not venture to stir again. he begged a last favour of the king. and as soon as a few wreaths of smoke had ascended. and merely to be allowed to live at all. only take the blue light with you.' Then the manikin fell on them like lightning. and saying: 'It must have rained peas. and that if the shoe were found in the soldier's house it would go badly with him. 'Do what I bid you.' said the king. and his constable. The soldier tapped at the pane of glass.

and flew away from her through the open window. but you must not take of either. 'If you will not eat anything. I shall drive there in my carriage at two o'clock in the afternoon for three successive days. and urged him saying. however.' But she would not leave him alone. however. you will fall into a deep sleep. and on that you must stand and watch for me. you can. When he came to the house and went inside. but if you fail to keep awake and I find you sleeping. As he drew near. 'I will neither eat not drink. at least you might take a draught of wine. 'I am by birth a king's daughter. then I should have a little peace. wherein lives an old woman. and will not be able to help me.' 'What am I to do?' he asked. and said. but the raven said. the first day it will be drawn by four white. and unable to resist it. and the mother could not quiet it. fully determined. and said: 'I wish you were a raven and would fly away. the second by four chestnut. he went outside into the garden and mounted the tan-heap to await the raven. Suddenly a feeling of fatigue came over him. a man was making his way through the wood when he heard a raven calling. and he followed the sound of the voice. but in another minute . The bird took its flight to a dark wood and remained there for a long time.' The man assured her again that he would on no account touch a thing to eat or drink. and the last by four black horses. but am now under the spell of some enchantment. if you do.' Scarcely were the words out of her mouth.THE RAVEN There was once a queen who had a little daughter. he lay down for a little while. and seeing the ravens flying round the castle. when the child in her arms was turned into a raven. and drank. and meanwhile the parents could hear nothing of their child. she opened the window. set me free. I shall not be set free. do what she would. 'Alas! I know even now that you will take something from the woman and be unable to save me. still too young to run alone.' answered the man.' 'No.' The man promised to do all that she wished. She grew impatient. One day the child was very troublesome. Long after this. she will offer you food and drink. In the garden behind the house is a large tan-heap. 'Poor man! how tired you are! Come in and rest and let me give you something to eat and drink. the old woman met him. one drink counts for nothing. the raven said. She replied. As it drew towards the appointed hour. 'Go farther into the wood until you come to a house.' and at last he allowed himself to be persuaded. to keep awake.

'I know he has fallen asleep. lying on the tan-heap. She got out of her carriage and went to him. but he felt even more overcome with weariness than on the two previous days. After that she drew a gold ring. drawn by her four white horses. 'I may not and will not either eat or drink. as well as her horses. and took a deep draught. they would never grow less. and a flask of wine. so again he lay down and fell fast asleep. she called him and shook him. on which her name was engraved. do you want to kill yourself?' He answered. The following day the old woman said to him. of such a kind. in which. overcome by her persistent entreaties that he would take something. and will not be able to set me free. and he fell into such a deep sleep. but he slept.his eyes closed of their own accord. and this time her coachman and everything about her. fast asleep. Then she placed beside him a loaf. that however much he took of them. he lifted the glass and drank again. there she found him as she had feared. he slept like a log. The next day at noon. As the raven drove along her four chestnut horses. 'I know he has fallen asleep. were black. but it was all in vain. He had not been there long before he began to feel so tired that his limbs seemed hardly able to support him.' But she put down the dish of food and the glass of wine in front of him.' She went as before to look for him. 'I know he has fallen asleep.' When she entered the garden. and said mournfully. and it was impossible to awaken him. 'What is this? You are not eating or drinking anything. after giving him particulars of the food . she said sorrowfully to herself. Towards two o'clock he went into the garden and on to the tan-heap to watch for the raven. and put it upon one of his. and all her efforts to awaken him were of no avail. she laid a letter near him. When the hour came round again he went as usual on to the tan-heap in the garden to await the king's daughter. and he could not stand upright any longer. the old woman came to him again with food and drink which he at first refused. she said to herself. At two o'clock the raven came driving along. and throwing himself down. that all the noises in the world would not have awakened him. At last. Finally. sighing. and when he smelt the wine. off her finger. She was sadder than ever as she drove along. At two o'clock the raven could be seen approaching. he was unable to resist the temptation.' She found him sleeping heavily. and some meat. but even before she reached the spot. he still continued sleeping.

villages.' said the man. he lay down as before. and looked for the castle. Once more the night came on. but the giant begged him to remain for a day or two longer until the return of his brother. my life will not be worth much. He waited till it was darker and people had begun to light up their houses. and ate and drank to his heart's content.' So he fetched his map.' he said. through which he went on walking for fourteen days and still could not find a way out. come to the golden castle of Stromberg. and worn out he lay down under a bush and fell asleep. 'She has no doubt been here and driven away again. When the man awoke and found that he had been sleeping. however.' However. which although he had eaten and drunk of them.' 'I would rather you let that alone. He rose up without delay. 'If the giant sees me going in. if you are wanting food I have enough to satisfy your hunger. and then seeing a little glimmer ahead of him. and knew from it all that had happened. and it is now too late for me to save her. and that evening. 'I will leave you in peace. for the castle was not marked even on these. after a while he summoned up courage and went forward. He thought to himself.' She then returned to her carriage and drove to the golden castle of Stromberg. but he heard such a howling and wailing that he found it impossible to sleep. When he had finished his supper the man asked him if he could direct him to the castle of Stromberg. on it are marked all the towns. eager to start on his way and to reach the castle of Stromberg. we will look on those. and said. 'It is lucky for that you have come. He travelled about a long time in search of it and came at last to a dark forest. 'I will look on my map. 'I have larger maps upstairs in the cupboard. When the giant saw him. The man now thought he should like to continue his journey. from the contrast of its height with that of an immense giant who stood in front of it. I can have you now for my supper. and houses.' 'If that is so. I only thought of eating you because I had nothing else. The giant was pleased with the good cheer. and wine. but he had no idea in which direction he ought to go. were still unconsumed. he read the letter.' but they searched in vain. and the man brought out the bread.' replied the giant. He found that the light came from a house which looked smaller than it really was. Again the next day he pursued his way through the forest. 'for I do not willingly give myself up to be eaten. you still wish to do so. The giant said. he was grieved at heart. but could not find it. he called out. if. who was .and drink she had left for him. she finished with the following words: 'I see that as long as you remain here you will never be able to set me free. 'Never mind.' Then his eyes fell on the things which were lying beside him. this is well within your power to accomplish. for I have not had anything to eat for a long time. meat. he went towards it. thinking to rest again.' So they went indoors together and sat down.

and again they paused and looked about. carried the man to within about a hundred leagues of the castle. and said to himself. however. or whether they would separate.' The giant. but something that is of far more value.' and then thinking he should like to know the cause of dispute between the three men. where he left him. they went on again with their fighting. 'God be with you. and even up the glass mountain. He found it situated. he was greatly grieved.' The robbers.' The man journeyed on day and night till he reached the golden castle of Stromberg. 'You will be able to walk the remainder of the way yourself. but still was unable to get nearer to her. 'I will give you something in exchange for those three things. A third time he called out. Accordingly. and looking up from the foot he saw the enchanted maiden drive round her castle and then go inside. 'How shall I be able to get there?' asked the man. they asked him about the castle of Stromberg. Looking out from his hut one day he saw three robbers fighting and he called out to them. but looking round and seeing nobody. He was overjoyed to see her. On hearing this. he went out and asked them why they were fighting so angrily with one another. I must first. 'I will remain here and wait for her. they all went up together to his room and looked through his maps. and there he sat and watched for a whole year.' said the giant.' he cried again. saying. thereupon. and that he had but to strike it against any door through which he wished to pass. They had been unable to decide whether they would keep together and have the things in common. for that I have not got. 'and I will carry you into the neighbourhood of the castle. 'I have two hours to spare. and they went on looking for the castle until at last they found it. When he saw that it was impossible to reach her. When the brother came home. Then he fetched other older maps. and every day he saw the king's daughter driving round her castle. and he told them he would look on his own maps as soon as he had eaten and appeased his hunger. on a glass mountain. and longed to get to the top of the mountain.' They stopped when they heard the call. and handed him the stick and the cloak. prove whether all you have told me about your three things is true. therefore. 'God be with you.away in search of provisions. which now became more furious. but the castle was not to be found. and when he had put this round him he was no longer . but seeing no one went back to their fighting.' so he built himself a little hut. made him get on the horse. not money. but it was many thousand miles away. and it immediately flew open. when he had finished his supper. but the sides were so slippery that every time he attempted to climb he fell back again. One of them said that he had found a stick. the man said. however. 'God be with you. Another told him that he had found a cloak which rendered its wearer invisible. and the third had caught a horse which would carry its rider over any obstacle. I must then return to look after the child who is in our care.

and before he went his mother gave him a beautiful sweet cake and a bottle of wine in order that he might not suffer from hunger or thirst. are you satisfied now!' After this he rode up the glass mountain. Meanwhile he had gone outside again and mounted his horse and thrown off the cloak. But when he began to hew down a tree. crying. you idle vagabonds. He took the ring which she had given him off his finger. and threw it into the goblet. and it flew wide open at once and he passed through. with a golden goblet full of wine in front of her. and she kissed him. She could not see him for he still wore his cloak. When therefore she came to the castle gate she saw him.' she exclaimed. like the eldest.' She sought for him about the castle. When he entered the forest he met a little grey-haired old man who bade him good day. mocked. Then he fell upon them with the stick and beat them one after another. Then he dismounted and took her in his arms. I shall have none for myself. and sneered at on every occasion. and cried aloud for joy. and said: 'Do give me a piece of cake out of your pocket. a cake and a bottle of wine. and tomorrow we will celebrate our marriage.visible. it was not long before he made a false stroke. you have got what you deserve. The little old grey man . so that it rang as it touched the bottom. but he gave it a blow with his stick. and said. and his mother gave him.' and he left the little man standing and went on. be off with you. and the axe cut him in the arm. When he reached the gate of the castle.' But the clever son answered: 'If I give you my cake and wine. 'Now you have indeed set me free. After this the second son went into the forest. the youngest of whom was called Dummling. he found it closed. 'That is my own ring. but could find him nowhere. It happened that the eldest wanted to go into the forest to hew wood. 'and if that is so the man must also be here who is coming to set me free. 'There. And this was the little grey man's doing. so that he had to go home and have it bound up. and let me have a draught of your wine. I am so hungry and thirsty. He mounted the steps and entered the room where the maiden was sitting.[*] and was despised.' THE GOLDEN GOOSE There was a man who had three sons.

When he came to the forest the little old grey man met him likewise.' Dummling answered: 'I have only cinder-cake and sour beer.' Then the little man took leave of him. So they ate and drank.' and ran to them. I will give you good luck. who saw the goose and were curious to know what such a wonderful bird might be. and asked him for a piece of cake and a drink of wine. There stands an old tree.met him likewise. But the second son. was not delayed. and when it fell there was a goose sitting in the roots with feathers of pure gold. she remained sticking fast to her.' But Dummling begged so long that at last he said: 'Just go then. however. The second came soon afterwards.' His mother gave him a cake made with water and baked in the cinders. and greeting him. leave it alone. Dummling went and cut down the tree. The eldest thought: 'I shall soon find an opportunity of pulling out a feather. and the others screamed out: 'Keep away. so that he had to be carried home. Now the host had three daughters. it was a fine sweet cake. too. thinking only of how she might get a feather for herself.' The father answered: 'Your brothers have hurt themselves with it. and taking her with him. you do not understand anything about it. 'I may as well be there too. and would have liked to have one of its golden feathers. cut it down. said sensibly enough: 'What I give you will be taken away from myself.' So they sat down. At last the third also came with the like intent. and after that the little man said: 'Since you have a good heart. 'The others are there. be off!' and he left the little man standing and went on. we will sit down and eat. went to an inn where he thought he would stay the night.' and as soon as Dummling had gone out she seized the goose by the wing.' she thought. do let me go and cut wood. and are willing to divide what you have. and with it a bottle of sour beer. for goodness' sake keep away!' But she did not understand why she was to keep away. and the sour beer had become good wine. and when Dummling pulled out his cinder-cake. but as soon as she had touched her sister. but she had scarcely touched her sister than she was held fast. So they had to spend the night with the goose. . when he had made a few blows at the tree he struck himself in the leg. Then Dummling said: 'Father. if that pleases you. I am so hungry and thirsty. said: 'Give me a piece of your cake and a drink out of your bottle. and you will find something at the roots. but her finger and hand remained sticking fast to it. you will get wiser by hurting yourself. His punishment. He lifted her up.

When Dummling heard this. Soon afterwards he came to a city. she began to laugh quite loudly. wherever his legs took him. a barrel of wine I have just emptied. But they had scarcely touched the sexton when they were held fast. and in the same place where he had felled the tree. whither away so quickly? Do not forget that we have a christening today!' and running after him he took him by the sleeve. the parson. so he went into the forest. running behind three girls. Dummling asked him what he was taking to heart so sorely. now left.' said Dummling. why are you running across the fields after this young man? Is that seemly?' At the same time he seized the youngest by the hand in order to pull her away. two labourers came with their hoes from the fields. and now there were seven of them running behind Dummling and the goose. Whilst the five were trotting thus one behind the other. and made all manner of excuses and said he must first produce a man who could drink a cellarful of wine. who could certainly help him. and as soon as she saw the seven people running on and on. Dummling thought of the little grey man. and the man bent over the huge . cold water I cannot stand. you good-for-nothing girls. now right. 'just come with me and you shall be satisfied. I can help you. and was himself obliged to run behind. without troubling himself about the three girls who were hanging on to it.' He led him into the king's cellar. Before long the sexton came by and saw his master. In the middle of the fields the parson met them. he saw a man sitting. one behind the other. who had a very sorrowful face. the parson called out to them and begged that they would set him and the sexton free. where a king ruled who had a daughter who was so serious that no one could make her laugh. but as soon as he touched her he likewise stuck fast. So he had put forth a decree that whosoever should be able to make her laugh should marry her. Thereupon Dummling asked to have her for his wife. he went with his goose and all her train before the king's daughter. He was astonished at this and called out: 'Hi! your reverence. but the king did not like the son-in-law. They were obliged to run after him continually.The next morning Dummling took the goose under his arm and set out. and when he saw the procession he said: 'For shame. but was also held fast to it. but that to me is like a drop on a hot stone!' 'There. and he answered: 'I have such a great thirst and cannot quench it. and as if she would never stop.

he could no longer prevent him from having his daughter. and that they were afraid nothing could save him. and drank and drank till his loins hurt. The wedding was celebrated.' said he. They told him that their father was very ill. should take away his daughter. 'As soon as you come sailing back in it. and from it he caused a huge mountain of bread to be baked. there reigned. 'you shall have my daughter for wife. whom everyone called Dummling. but the king again sought a way out.' Then he gave him the ship which could sail on land and water. His sons were very much grieved at their father's sickness. Then Dummling for the third time asked for his bride. and there sat the little grey man to whom he had given his cake. and said: 'Get up and come with me. Dummling did not think long. and I must tie myself up if I am not to die of hunger. but what good is that when one has such a hunger as I? My stomach remains empty. and when the king saw that. and by the end of one day the whole mountain had vanished. and I do all this because you once were kind to me. 'I know what would. Then Dummling asked once more for his bride. began to eat. and he made a new condition. you shall eat yourself full. When he heard what Dummling wanted. The man from the forest stood before it. and saying: 'I have eaten a whole ovenful of rolls. a king who had three sons.' At this Dummling was glad. and after the king's death.' He led him to the king's palace where all the flour in the whole Kingdom was collected. and ordered a ship which could sail on land and on water. where in the same place there sat a man who was tying up his body with a strap.' Dummling went straight into the forest. but the king was vexed that such an ugly fellow. but went straight into the forest. This king once fell very ill--so ill that nobody thought he could live. and as they were walking together very mournfully in the garden of the palace. 'it is the Water of Life. Dummling inherited his kingdom and lived for a long time contentedly with his wife. he must first find a man who could eat a whole mountain of bread. a little old man met them and asked what was the matter. he said: 'Since you have given me to eat and to drink. If he could have a . [*] Simpleton THE WATER OF LIFE Long before you or I were born. I will give you the ship.barrels. and making an awful face.' said the little old man. and before the day was out he had emptied all the barrels. in a country a great way off.

whither so fast?' And the prince said. and said. and met with the same elf. whither so fast?' 'Mind your own affairs. 'I had rather die than place you in such great danger as you must meet with in your journey. and at last the way was so straitened that he could not go to step forward: and when he thought to have turned his horse round and go back the way he came. but it is very hard to get. but again the laugh rang in his ears. and trusted he should soon be able to make his father well again. prince.' For he thought to himself. saying. 'I will soon find it': and he went to the sick king. the youngest son said he would go and search for the Water of Life. as it was the only thing that could save him. So he set out. 'No. but at last yielded to his wish. with a sugarloaf cap and a scarlet cloak. among the mountains.draught of it he would be well again. you ugly imp?' said the prince haughtily. 'If I bring my father this water. who stopped him at the same spot in the mountains. 'Father. who think themselves above everyone else.' said the king. and the kingdom will fall to me if I find the water. overhung with rocks and woods. he saw standing above him on one of the rocks a little ugly dwarf.' The king was at first very unwilling to let him go. and he. and rode on.' Then the eldest son said. I will go in search of the Water of Life. was at last obliged to take up his abode in the heart of the mountains. and thus he was forced to abide spellbound. and begged that he might go in search of the Water of Life. 'Prince. as before. whither so fast?' 'What is that to thee. Meantime the old king was lingering on in daily hope of his son's return. So he set out and followed the same road which his brother had done.' Then he set out: and when he had gone on his way some time he came to a deep valley. till at last the second son said. and as he looked around. 'I am going in . 'My brother is surely dead. too. and he found himself unable to move a step. he will make me sole heir to his kingdom. and found that the path was closed behind him. 'Prince. He next tried to get off his horse and make his way on foot. and the dwarf met him too at the same spot in the valley.' But he begged so hard that the king let him go. When the second prince had thus been gone a long time. and the prince thought to himself. 'Prince. But the dwarf put the same spell upon him as he put on his elder brother. Thus it is with proud silly people. so that as he rode on the mountain pass became narrower and narrower. and are too proud to ask or take advice. and rode on. But the dwarf was enraged at his behaviour. busybody!' said the prince scornfully. and laid a fairy spell of ill-luck upon him. and the dwarf called to him and said. he heard a loud laugh ringing round him. so that he was shut in all round.

he was overjoyed to think that he had got the Water of Life. Pray tell me if you know. He walked on. 'I do not. and he thought to himself. over sea and over land. the kingdom should be his. So he laid himself down. and are wise enough to seek for advice. then he pulled off their rings and put them on his own fingers. I will tell you how and where to go. with the sword you can at a blow slay whole armies. and sleep fell upon him unawares.' Then the prince thought . and hastened to get away in time. and it will open: two hungry lions will be lying down inside gaping for their prey. When he found himself safe.' 'Then as you have spoken to me kindly. that he would rest himself for a while. and took the wand and the bread. that you may be able to reach it in safety. and when the lions were quieted he went on through the castle and came at length to a beautiful hall. 'No. and went travelling on and on. Around it he saw several knights sitting in a trance. 'You have made a noble prize. Then he sprang from the couch dreadfully frightened. who. then hasten on to the well. In another room he saw on a table a sword and a loaf of bread. The door flew open at the third stroke of the wand.' said the prince. and as he was going on his way homewards. and aid me if you can!' 'Do you know where it is to be found?' asked the dwarf. for if you tarry longer the door will shut upon you for ever. and like to die: can you help me? Pray be kind. and. when he saw the sword and the loaf. and take some of the Water of Life before the clock strikes twelve. and draw what he wanted before the clock struck twelve. The water you seek springs from a well in an enchanted castle. which he also took. so that he did not wake up till the clock was striking a quarter to twelve. and said.search of the Water of Life. I will give you an iron wand and two little loaves of bread. and the bread will never fail you. as he felt tired. said.' Then the prince thanked his little friend with the scarlet cloak for his friendly aid. till he came to his journey's end. but if you throw them the bread they will let you pass. and the door fell so quickly upon him that it snapped off a piece of his heel. and as he walked through beautiful gardens he came to a delightful shady spot in which stood a couch. Just as he was going out of the iron door it struck twelve. because my father is ill. and gaze on the lovely scenes around him. if he would come back in a year and marry her. and she welcomed him joyfully. filled a cup that was standing by him full of water. ran to the well. Further on he came to a room where a beautiful young lady sat upon a couch. if he would set her free from the spell that bound her. Then she told him that the well that held the Water of Life was in the palace gardens. and found everything to be as the dwarf had told him. strike the iron door of the castle three times with the wand. and bade him make haste. he passed by the little dwarf.

and thus the kingdom was once more in peace and plenty. You had better say nothing about this to our father. and to give him the kingdom.' The prince begged so hard for his brothers. and scorned to ask advice. so he said. for he does not believe a word you say. so they were full of envy and revenge. with all your cleverness. In the same manner he befriended two other countries through which they passed on their way. brother. and said that he wanted to poison their father. And he lent the king the wonderful sword. and then both the elder sons came in.to himself. and how she had engaged to wait a whole year. and he slew the enemy's army with it.' . and told them all that had happened to him. and how he had set a beautiful princess free from a spell that bound her. was greatly rejoiced to see them. Then they went to their brother. When they came to their journey's end. therefore our father will forsake us and give him the kingdom. and had brought it with them. Then they waited till he was fast asleep. so that it was feared all must die for want. 'I cannot go home to my father without my brothers'. had he tasted the bitter sea-water when he became worse even than he was before. and all his kingdom ate of it. Then they all three rode on together. which is our right'. they got into a ship and during their voyage the two eldest said to themselves. saying. 'My dear friend. and never came back?' 'I have shut them up by a charm between two mountains. He no sooner began to drink of what they brought him. and poured the Water of Life out of the cup. that the dwarf at last set them free. that he might drink and be healed. and was as strong and well as in his younger days. however. 'Well. the youngest son brought his cup to the sick king. and on their way home came to a country that was laid waste by war and a dreadful famine. cannot you tell me where my two brothers are. how he had found the Water of Life. you shall lose your life into the bargain: but be quiet. 'because they were proud and ill-behaved.' said the dwarf. why did not you manage to keep your eyes open? Next year one of us will take away your beautiful princess. and took it for themselves. and said. however. and blamed the youngest for what they had done. and had taken a cup full of it. But the prince gave the king of the land the bread. and then to marry him. and laughed at him. who set out in search of the Water of Life before me. Pray. giving him bitter sea-water instead. 'Our brother has got the water which we could not find. 'Beware of them.' Their brother. Scarcely. but that they had found the Water of Life. and agreed together how they could ruin him. though unwillingly. did you? You have had the trouble and we shall have the reward. for they have bad hearts. if you do not take care. than he felt his sickness leave him. you found the Water of Life. and if you tell tales. When they came to the sea. and we will let you off.

when the king's chief huntsmen went a-hunting with him. what is the matter with you?' 'I cannot and dare not tell you. three grand embassies came to the old king's court. and went away through the wood. that if his son would come back to his court he would forgive him. 'My friend. and said to his court.' said the huntsman. who had seen the road he took. and all agreed that he ought to be put to death. and the kingdom with her. but let him go in peace.' 'With all my heart. the guards. and he thought to himself. when the eldest brother thought that he would make haste to go to the princess. and I will change dresses with you. so he called his court together. Some time after. 'Let me live. and do you give me your shabby one. 'and I am glad that I had pity on him. Meanwhile the princess was eagerly waiting till her deliverer should come back.' Then he took the prince's coat. and must go about his business. 'O that my son were still alive! how it grieves me that I had him killed!' 'He is still alive. and told her courtiers that whoever came on horseback. and said. and brought home his royal coat. for I could not have shot you.The old king was still very angry with his youngest son. 'the king has ordered me to shoot you. till one day. and had a road made leading up to her palace all of shining gold. now all these were sent from the three kings to whom he had lent his sword and loaf of bread. said to him. This touched the old king's heart. and that he should have her for his wife. 'I am sure I shall be glad to save you. and do not think I shall be angry. As he came before the palace and saw the golden road.' 'Alas!' said the huntsman. you shall take my royal coat to show to my father. the huntsman looked so sorrowful that the prince said. But when he came to the gate.' said he. in order to rid them of their enemy and feed their people. The prince knew nothing of what was going on. and gave him the shabby one. was her true lover. and that they must let him in: but whoever rode on one side of it. and said. and that they must send him away at once. 'Only tell me what it is. 'It is a pity to ride upon this beautiful road'.' said the huntsman. he stopped to look at it. .' At this the king was overwhelmed with joy. and rode straight up to the gate upon it. The time soon came. they must be sure was not the right one. for I will forgive you. But the prince begged very hard. and they were alone in the wood together. he could not be what he said he was. with rich gifts of gold and precious stones for his youngest son. and say that he was the one who had set her free.' The prince started at this. and made it known thoughout all his kingdom. and thought that he really meant to have taken away his life. and he thought his son might still be guiltless. so he turned aside and rode on the right-hand side of it. and asked what should be done.

and when he reached his father. with the sugarloaf hat. and set out in search of his betrothed bride. and as he came to the gate it flew open. and wanted to punish his wicked sons. and thought it very beautiful. And the old king was very angry. and should now be her husband and lord of the kingdom. THE TWELVE HUNTSMEN There was once a king's son who had a bride whom he loved very much. taking her with him. but went with his horse straight over it. noble and squire.' So he rode away. Then he said to his beloved: 'I must now go and leave you. the third brother left the forest in which he had lain hid for fear of his father's anger. So he journeyed on. And feasted and frolick'd I can't tell how long. When I am king. and yet that he had borne all those wrongs for the love of his father. thinking of her all the way. and a new scarlet cloak. and said he was her deliverer. and desired to see him once again before his end. gentle and simple. and got into a ship and sailed away over the wide sea. 'What a pity it is that anything should tread here!' Then he too turned aside and rode on the left side of it. I give you a ring as a remembrance of me. but they made their escape. before his wedding with the princess. And the wedding was held. Then he told him everything. the princess told him she had heard of his father having forgiven him. and said to himself. and the merry bells run. he went to visit his father. and his horse had set one foot upon it. and that he too must go away about his business. he stopped to look at it. I will return and fetch you. and where they went to nobody knew and nobody cared. And young and old. and asked all his kingdom to come and celebrate the wedding of his son and the princess. how his brothers had cheated and robbed him. news came that his father lay sick unto death. and among the rest came the friendly dwarf. When the first joy at their meeting was over. the latter was . But when he came to the gate the guards said he was not the true prince. and the princess welcomed him with joy. and rode so quickly that he did not even see what the road was made of. Now when the full year was come round. and away he went. and of his wish to have him home again: so. And all the good people they danced and they sung. And now the old king gathered together his court. and when he came to the golden road. And when he was sitting beside her and very happy.The second prince set out soon afterwards on the same errand. came at once on the summons.

and the peas roll about. and she herself put on the twelfth suit. however. and step firmly on the peas. he said: 'Yes. for he knew all concealed and secret things.' and thereupon the king shut his eyes. There was. and the time of mourning was over. and if he would take all of them into his service.' Then the king's daughter thanked him. I wished to see you once again before my end. Men have a firm step.' answered the lion. until eleven young maidens were found who exactly resembled his daughter in face. His first betrothed heard of this. Then her father said to her: 'Dearest child.' The king was well pleased with the counsel. and size. and size. The king looked at her and did not know her. they are twelve girls. promise me to marry as I wish. all alike. Thereupon she took her leave of her father. however. Then she asked if he required any huntsmen. she had twelve suits of huntsmen's clothes made. and she was promised to him. a servant of the king's who favoured the huntsmen. your will shall be done.' .dangerously ill. and rode away with them.' The king said: 'That cannot be true! How will you prove that to me?' 'Oh. 'they are twelve huntsmen. your desire shall be fulfilled. and when he heard that they were going to be put to this test he went to them and repeated everything. he was forced to keep the promise which he had given his father. and said to her maidens: 'Show some strength. and near his death. just let some peas be strewn in the ante-chamber. and when they walk over peas none of them stir. and the eleven maidens had to put on the huntsmen's clothes. and caused the peas to be strewn. and caused the king's daughter to be asked in marriage. dear father. figure. It came to pass that one evening he said to the king: 'You think you have twelve huntsmen?' 'Yes. When therefore the son had been proclaimed king. and drag their feet.' and he caused a search to be made in his whole kingdom. When they came to the king's daughter. and said: 'The lion wants to make the king believe that you are girls. but girls trip and skip. I wish for eleven girls exactly like myself in face.' The father said: 'If it be possible.' She thought for a moment and said: 'Dear father. and rode to the court of her former betrothed.' The lion continued: 'You are mistaken. figure.' and he named a certain king's daughter who was to be his wife. 'and then you will soon see. but as they were such handsome fellows. why are you so sad? You shall have whatsoever you will.' and that he would willingly take them. The king. whom she loved so dearly. and fretted so much about his faithfulness that she nearly died. The son was in such trouble that he did not think what he was doing. had a lion which was a wondrous animal. and said: 'Yes.' said the king. and died. and now they were the king's twelve huntsmen. He said to him: 'Dear son.

they walk just like men. and the king said to the lion: 'You have lied to me. and they came into the ante-chamber where the peas were lying. however. and they will go to them and be pleased with them. The king thought something had happened to his dear huntsman. news came that the king's bride was approaching.' And next morning when the king had his twelve huntsmen summoned.' The king. who was well disposed to the huntsmen.' The king liked the advice. for they have not looked at the spinning-wheels. wanted to help him. When the true bride heard that. he had told the truth. Then they went away again. and barely able to run alone. The twelve huntsmen always followed the king to the chase. and drew his glove off. Now it came to pass that once when they were out hunting. and that is what no man would do. after all.' He sent a messenger to the other bride. and she fell fainting to the ground. because. He had two richly laden ships then making a voyage upon the seas.' The lion said: 'They have been informed that they were going to be put to the test. Then the king again said to the lion: 'You have deceived me. that was very young. But the servant. and when she opened her eyes he said: 'You are mine. Thereupon the wedding was celebrated.' The lion replied: 'They have restrained themselves. and no one in the world can alter that. would no longer believe the lion. they stepped so firmly on them. . So when they were alone the king's daughter said to her eleven girls: 'Show some constraint.So next morning when the king had the twelve huntsmen called before him. and had the spinning-wheels placed in the ante-chamber. they are men. and when he looked in her face he recognized her. for he had a wife already. Then his heart was so touched that he kissed her. THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN There was once a merchant who had only one child. that not one of the peas either rolled or stirred. and have assumed some strength. and do not look round at the spinning-wheels. and never once looked at the spinning-wheels. and I am yours. they went through the ante-chamber. and had such a strong. it hurt her so much that her heart was almost broken. and someone who had just found an old key did not require a new one. and disclosed the project. a son. Just let twelve spinning-wheels be brought into the ante-chamber. went to them. sure walk. ran up to him. in which he had embarked all his wealth. Then he saw the ring which he had given to his first bride. and his liking for them continually increased. and the lion was again taken into favour. and entreated her to return to her own kingdom.

so that care and sorrow were written upon his face. and ease his mind of a little of his trouble. and signed and sealed the bond to do what was asked of him. trembling with fear and horror. and was like to be. he said that he had. but his father would not tell for some time. as he was roaming along in a brown study. instead of his iron. but as no gold was come. at last. however. and perhaps you will find I may be of some use. and forgetting all about his son. 'only undertake to bring me here. and there he often went in an evening to take his walk. thinking with no great comfort on what he had been and what he now was. at any rate.' Then the merchant told him how all his wealth was gone to the bottom of the sea. About a month afterwards he went upstairs into a lumber-room to look for some old iron. whatever meets you first on your going home. 'Oh. and as the end of the twelve years drew near the merchant began to call to mind his bond. I shall be . and that the twelve years were coming round when he must keep his word. and I will give you as much as you please. he saw a large pile of gold lying on the floor. But as he drew near home. and became a richer merchant than before. he should see the bearer. but forgot his little boy Heinel. without knowing it. friend. when the money came. all on a sudden there stood before him a little. and saw what it was that he had bound himself to do. trouble not yourself about that. he made himself easy by thinking that it was only a joke that the dwarf was playing him. when the news came that both were lost. The boy one day asked what was the matter. and would not take it in. and looked up in his face and laughed. Meantime little Heinel grew up.' said the dwarf. Then the father started. Thus from being a rich man he became all at once so very poor that nothing was left to him but one small plot of land.' said the merchant. give yourself very little trouble about that. and became very sad and thoughtful. went into trade again. 'Prithee. Then Heinel said. that it would most likely be his dog or his cat. ugly-looking. One day. and that. 'Who knows but I may?' said the little man: 'tell me what ails you. and there. At the sight of this he was overjoyed. black dwarf. or something of that sort. sold him for gold to a little. why so sorrowful?' said he to the merchant. and how he had nothing left but that little plot of land. twelve years hence.in the hope of making great gains. and laid fast hold of his legs. 'Father. his little boy was so glad to see him that he crept behind him. rough-looking. 'what is it you take so deeply to heart?' 'If you would do me any good I would willingly tell you. so he agreed to the bargain.' The merchant thought this was no great thing to ask. that he might sell it and raise a little money. black dwarf.

and set himself in the boat. The young man sat safe within. the fairy had told Heinel what fortune was in store for him. and walked round and round about the circle. So. and left to the bad or good luck of wind and weather.too much for the little man. till at length it ran ashore upon an unknown land. I have paid my money. Then he took leave of his father. or dared not. lying coiled up on a cushion in one of the chambers. while the dwarf went his way. who seemed so anxious for his company. to make a sort of drawn battle of the matter. The old man held his tongue. 'Have you anything to say to us. 'I come to talk with your father.' 'You have cheated and taken in my father. however. on the other hand. so be so good as to let me have what I paid it for. and showed his teeth. and it went safely on. and set himself and his father in the middle of it.' said the son. 'Here. jump over it. not with you. At last the boy said to him. till at last he found a white snake. The little black dwarf soon came. as if he should have been very glad to get into the circle if he could. that the father should push him off with his own hand. and that he should thus be set adrift.' 'You must have my consent to that first. 'so please to step in here.' So he once more searched the whole palace through. and it fell with one side low in the water. 'right is right. my friend. but before it got far off a wave struck it. and had told him what to do. and soon raised the boat up again. after a long talk. Then at last. and he either could not.' When the time came.' The old man grinned. that lay on the sea-shore hard by. for the good fairy took care of her friend.' said he to himself. and he did not choose to be given up to his hump-backed friend.' said Heinel. it was settled that Heinel should be put into an open boat. 'pray give him up his bond at once. but Heinel said again. and your father has had it. thinking that at any rate he had had his revenge. if he followed his own course. but could not find any way to get into it. did not sink. or what do you want?' Now Heinel had found a friend in a good fairy. the father and son went out together to the place agreed upon: and the son drew a circle on the ground. Heinel agreed that his father must give him up. . 'What do you want here?' The dwarf said. they came to terms. and let us talk it over. for this fairy knew what good luck was in store for him. and spent it. and went home very sorrowful. The boat. As he jumped upon the shore he saw before him a beautiful castle but empty and dreary within. for it was enchanted.' said the little old man.' 'Fair and softly. 'must I find the prize the good fairy told me of. 'Have you brought me what you said you would?' said the dwarf to the merchant. and that so far the dwarf should have his way: but. that was fond of him. so the merchant thought that poor Heinel was lost.

but the guards would not let him go in. only promise never to make use of it to bring me hence to your father's house. and wished himself near the town where his father lived. and spoke not a word.' Then he said he would do what she asked. and said he had had but one son. he would not even give him anything to eat. 'our Heinel had a mark like a raspberry on his right arm.' Then he showed them the mark. and let them do what they will--beat. They will ask what you do here. or torment you--bear all. They lived together very happily. and they knew that what he had said was true. and will come and bring you the Water of Life. and he was crowned king of the Golden Mountain. The second night twelve others will come: and the third night twenty-four. and at twelve o'clock they must go away. but at the twelfth hour of that night their power is gone. for you alone can save me. At his going away she gave him a wishing-ring. 'I know well that misfortunes will come upon us if you go. 'Is there no mark by which you would know me if I am really your son?' 'Yes. 'that can never be true. He next told them how he was king of the Golden Mountain. and borrowed his old frock. 'Take this ring. and the third night the princess came. however. When he came to his father's house. but give no answer. and said. prick. and thus passed unknown into the town. This night twelve men will come: their faces will be black. he gave her no rest till she agreed. and she was very glad to see him. and the queen had a son.Now the white snake was an enchanted princess. Heinel found himself at the gates in a moment. But the merchant said. he must be a fine king truly who travels about in a shepherd's frock!' At this the son was vexed. and said. where a shepherd dwelt. and they will be dressed in chain armour. and said. because he was so strangely clad. who will even cut off your head. The king. his poor Heinel.' said his mother.' And all came to pass as she had said. and will wash you with it. But the queen was against his going. he said he was his son. And thus eight years had passed over their heads. Heinel bore all. and had a son seven years old. pinch. the wedding was celebrated. and I shall be free. still vowed that he was his son. and bring you back to life and health. and he began to long to see him once again. and fell on his neck and kissed him.' However. and was married to a princess. only speak not a word. and forgetting . who he knew was long since dead: and as he was only dressed like a poor shepherd. So he went up to a neighbouring hill. 'Are you at last come to set me free? Twelve long years have I waited here for the fairy to bring you hither as she promised. whatever you wish it will bring you. and put it on your finger. whip. and said. when the king thought of his father. Joy and gladness burst forth throughout the castle. and put the ring on his finger. but the merchant would not believe him.

but the queen wept. I will rest my head in your lap. and she went into her chamber alone. and a pair of boots that carried the wearer wherever he wished. a cloak that made the owner invisible. or gave him any form he pleased.' said he: 'now give me the sword. he shall part the goods between us. and she at last seemed to be appeased.' So saying he set out and travelled till he came to a hill. 'they would say I am a sorcerer: I will journey forth into the world. and wished for his queen and son. and he followed her there. turned his ring. In an instant they stood before him.' So they gave it him. but she was not so in truth. He next asked for the boots also. and bad luck would follow. and as they saw him pass they cried out and said. One day he took her to walk with him out of the town. he took it and drank it. and sleep a while. then he might know how to set a value upon them. 'I can never go back to my father's house. and in a moment he was a fly. 'The cloak is very well. But when anything to eat was put upon her plate. and showed her the spot where the boat was set adrift upon the wide waters. and he wished himself a fly.' 'No. Then he threw his cloak around him. 'was I not once set free? Why then does this enchantment . 'I am very much tired. sit by me. "Heads off!" for if you do we are all dead men. and said. she drew the ring from his finger. and when a glass of wine was handed to her. however. though they kept on giving her meat and drink. he wished himself at the Golden Mountain. 'Little men have sharp wits. fear and remorse came over her. and said he had broken his word. where three giants were sharing their father's goods.his word. Then he sat himself down. Heinel said they must first let him try these wonderful things. And when he awoke he found himself alone. Then they gave him the cloak. So the giants were left behind with no goods to share or quarrel about.' As soon as he had fallen asleep. Upon this. He did all he could to soothe her. and there he was at once. As Heinel came near his castle he heard the sound of merry music. till I come again to my kingdom. her plate and cup were always empty. 'not unless you undertake not to say. charging him to try it on a tree. he took it away and ate it himself. and thus. and the people around told him that his queen was about to marry another husband. and sat there weeping. and was only thinking how she should punish him. where no one saw him. and passed through the castle hall. and placed himself by the side of the queen. and crept softly away.' said he. 'Alas!' said she to herself. 'Heads off!'. and wished herself and her son at home in their kingdom.' Now there was a sword that cut off an enemy's head whenever the wearer gave the words.' said they. and saw that the ring was gone from his finger. and the moment he had all three in his power.

and must know what had become of the money. drove out to the village.' said the doctor. and they all drove away together. and would willingly have been a doctor too. However.' The peasant did everything that he had been told to do. and whatsoever else pertains to medicine. who drove with two oxen a load of wood to the town. his heart desired what he saw. So he remained standing a while. 'One indeed came who set thee free. When he had doctored people awhile. yes. the table was spread. too. DOCTOR KNOWALL There was once upon a time a poor peasant called Crabb. But the princes. and he seated himself with her at the table. 'Heads Off!' cried he. and when the peasant saw how well he ate and drank. and said the wedding was at an end. the peasant nudged his wife. When the money was being counted out to him. and at length inquired if he too could not be a doctor. 'In the first place buy yourself an A B C book of the kind which has a cock on the frontispiece. but not long. Then he was to go with him and bring back the stolen money. thought he intended by that to say: 'That is . a rich and great lord had some money stolen. 'Oh.' 'What must I do?' asked the peasant. but my wife. and he is now near thee again. yes. 'Yes. and said: 'Grete. he said. but Grete. but how have you used him? Ought he to have had such treatment from thee?' Then he went out and sent away the company. 'that is soon managed. have a sign painted for yourself with the words: "I am Doctor Knowall. thirdly.' meaning that was the servant who brought the first dish. but he drew his sword. turn your cart and your two oxen into money. my wife.' said he. and great men mocked at him. that was the first.' The lord was willing. Grete. So the lord had the horses harnessed to his carriage." and have that nailed up above your house-door. must go too. and with the word the traitors' heads fell before him. however. Then he was told about Doctor Knowall who lived in such and such a village. Then they turned upon him and tried to seize him. and sold it to a doctor for two talers. and Heinel was once more king of the Golden Mountain. and let both of them have a seat in the carriage. for that he was come back to the kingdom. and Crabb was told to sit down and eat. Yes. peers. in the second. 'Oh.still seem to bind me?' 'False and fickle one!' said he. and get yourself some clothes. he would enter into no parley with them. And when the first servant came with a dish of delicate fare. but only asked them if they would go in peace or not. he was. and asked Crabb if he were Doctor Knowall. The servant. it so happened that the doctor was sitting at table. When they came to the nobleman's castle.

and full of terror. he must also know who has the money!' On this the servants looked terribly uneasy. for the peasant again said: 'Grete.' The fourth had to carry in a dish that was covered. that is the third. and he got out as fast as he could. if he would not denounce them.' When the lord heard that. for none dared go home. crept into the stove to hear if the doctor knew still more. crying: 'That man knows everything!' Then Doctor Knowall showed the lord where the money was. So the father sent one of his sons in haste to the spring to get some water. They led him to the spot where the money was concealed. and said: 'My lord. Actually.' The fifth servant. he cried: 'There! he knows it. and did not know what to do. With this the doctor was satisfied. he was terrified. and cried: 'Ah. but was forced. and received from both sides much money in reward. the peasant nudged his wife. The third fared no better. sprang out. and made a sign to the doctor that they wished him to step outside for a moment. and returned to the hall. and said to his comrade outside: 'The doctor knows all: we shall fare ill. Each wanted to be first at drawing the water. and said: 'Grete.' and as he actually was so. but they said she should at once be christened. and became a renowned man. all four of them confessed to him that they had stolen the money. turned the pages backwards and forwards. now will I search in my book where the gold is hidden. and the lord told the doctor that he was to show his skill. had no idea what to say. there were crabs. sat down to the table. and looked for the cock. and they stood very foolishly looking at one another.the first thief. THE SEVEN RAVENS There was once a man who had seven sons. But the doctor sat still and opened his A B C book. poor Crabb.' This servant was equally alarmed.' The second did not want to go in at all. In the . As he could not find it immediately he said: 'I know you are there. and said that they would willingly restore it and give him a heavy sum into the bargain. however. so you had better come out!' Then the fellow in the stove thought that the doctor meant him. When therefore he went out. she was so weak and small that they thought she could not live. So when he went in with his dish. for if he did they would be hanged. Although the little girl was very pretty. and last of all one daughter. and guess what was beneath the cover. but did not say who had stolen it. that is the second. he said I was the first. but the other six ran with him. and so they were in such a hurry that all let their pitchers fall into the well. The doctor looked at the dish.

Thus she went on and on. Scarcely had he spoken these words when he heard a croaking over his head. and a little stool to rest upon when she should be weary. and she had neither rest nor ease. and went on again until she came to the glass-mountain. so this faithful little sister took a knife out of her pocket and cut off her little finger. 'the whole seven must have forgotten themselves over some game of play'. and each star sat upon his own little stool. but still 'tis a pity that her brothers should have been lost for her sake. then she came to the sun. whatever it might cost her. till at length one day she stole away. and set out into the wide world to find her brothers. and when he had waited still longer and they yet did not come. and she saw she had lost the gift of the good stars. he did not know how what was done could be undone. 'Surely. 'I smell flesh and blood this way!' so she took herself away in a hurry and came to the stars. so she ran away quickly to the moon. rolled it up in a little cloth.' said he. and said. She took nothing with her but a little ring which her father and mother had given her. 'If you have not this little piece of wood.' The little girl took the piece of wood. who soon became stronger and every day more beautiful. Then she felt for the little piece of wood. a little pitcher of water in case she should be thirsty. and had no key of the castle of the glass-mountain. and asked if she had any brothers. and journeyed till she came to the world's end. and went to her father and mother. and said. 'Yes. What was to be done? She wanted to save her brothers. For a long time she did not know that she had ever had any brothers. but the moon was cold and chilly.' Then she was much grieved. and the stars were friendly and kind to her. a loaf of bread in case she should be hungry. wherever they might be.' said they. and that her birth was only the innocent cause of it. and could not tell what made the young men stay so long. Sorry as he was to see his wish so fulfilled. and thought herself bound to do all she could to bring her brothers back. but the sun looked much too hot and fiery. 'she is beautiful indeed. you cannot unlock the castle that stands on the glass-mountain. he flew into a rage and wished them all turned into ravens. and comforted himself as well as he could for the loss of his seven sons with his dear little daughter. for her father and mother took care not to speak of them before her: but one day by chance she heard the people about her speak of them. and found the door shut. So they dared no longer hide the truth from her. but said it was the will of Heaven. but when she unwrapped the cloth it was not there. that was just the size of the . but the morning star rose up and gave her a little piece of wood. and what had become of them.meantime the father was uneasy. and there your brothers live. and looked up and saw seven ravens as black as coal flying round and round. and free them. but the little girl mourned sadly about it every day.

'Here come my masters. and out of each little glass she drank a small drop. Miss Cat. and her maid. Mrs Fox went up to her room.' Now the little dwarf was getting their dinner ready. and in an instant all the ravens took their right form again. she ran forward. the seven ravens.piece of wood she had lost. 'My masters are not at home. knocking.' When the seventh came to the bottom of his glass. She went . and said. 'What are you seeking for?' 'I seek for my brothers. and he brought their food upon seven little plates. When it became known that the old fox was dead. 'Who has eaten from my little plate? And who has been drinking out of my little glass?' 'Caw! Caw! well I ween Mortal lips have this way been. he looked at it. On a sudden she heard a fluttering and croaking in the air. and looked for their little plates and glasses. Then said one after the other. and behaved as if he were stone dead. but if you will wait till they come. and the dwarf said. 'O that our little sister would but come! then we should be free. and knew that it was his father's and mother's. but she let the ring that she had brought with her fall into the last glass. and said. suitors presented themselves.' When they came in. and set them upon the table. and put it in the door and opened it. and did the cooking. and out of each little plate their sister ate a small piece.' answered she. and found there the ring. and went merrily home. He stretched himself out under the bench. and their drink in seven little glasses. and wished to put her to the test. The maid heard someone standing at the house-door. sat by the fire. As she went in. who believed that his wife was not faithful to him.' When the little girl heard this (for she stood behind the door all the time and listened). and all hugged and kissed each other. THE WEDDING OF MRS FOX FIRST STORY There was once upon a time an old fox with nine tails. pray step in. they wanted to eat and drink. shut herself in. Then the dwarf said. a little dwarf came up to her. did not move a limb.

each with one tail more than the other. Will you be my guest for supper?' 'No. Because old Mr Fox is dead. 'he has only one. but he did not fare better than the first. 'Mistress Fox. and another fox was at the door who wished to woo Mrs Fox. miss. and drove them and Mrs Fox out of the house. When the widow heard that.' Miss Cat went downstairs and sent the wooer away. that a young fox is here. who said: 'What may you be about. Soon afterwards there was another knock. I am waking. miss.' she cried.' 'Do just tell her. yes. thank you.' But just as the wedding was going to be solemnized. 'what is Mrs Fox doing?' The maid replied: 'She is sitting in her room.' 'Certainly. Weeping her little eyes quite red. After this still more came. trap. 'A wooer he stands at the door out there. old Mr Fox stirred under the bench.' 'Then I will not have him. are you inside?' 'Oh.' said the fox.' answered the cat. . my little cat. He had two tails. tap.' 'What does he look like. she said joyfully to the cat: 'Now open the gates and doors all wide. no. young sir. but they were all turned away. tap. and it was a young fox. and cudgelled all the rabble. The door she knocks at tap. Moaning in her gloom.and opened it. like old Mr Fox. who would like to woo her. my dear?' 'Has he nine as beautiful tails as the late Mr Fox?' 'Oh.' The cat goes up the stairs trip. Miss Cat? Do you sleep or do you wake?' She answered: 'I am not sleeping. And carry old Mr Fox outside. Would you know what I am making? I am boiling warm beer with butter. until at last one came who had nine tails.

'Then he won't do for me. Bewailing her sorrowful doom. and has a . For old Mr Fox is no more. one after the other.' The wolf answered: 'If she's in want of a husband now. But one of the good qualities which old Mr Fox had possessed. Bewailing her trouble so sore. With her five gold rings at the door she knocks: 'Are you within. was always lacking. thank you. good Mistress Fox? If you're in want of a husband now. a hare. and eat?' 'No. Until she comes to the parlour door. a stag.SECOND STORY When old Mr Fox was dead. and has he a pointed mouth?' 'No.' answered the wolf. the wolf came as a suitor. The wolf greeted her. and knocked at the door. opened it for him. came a dog. At length came a young fox. Mrs Cat of Kehrewit.' answered the cat. and the cat had continually to send the suitors away. and the cat who was servant to Mrs Fox. Will you be my guest. 'Is Mrs Fox not at home?' The cat said: 'She sits upstairs in her room. Mrs Cat.' When the wolf was gone. Then will it please her to step below?' The cat runs quickly up the stair. a lion. How comes it that alone you sit? What are you making good?' The cat replied: 'In milk I'm breaking bread so sweet. Then Mrs Fox said: 'Has the gentleman red stockings on. Then will it please you to step below? Mrs Fox asked: 'Has the gentleman red stockings on. and said: 'Good day. and all the beasts of the forest. And lets her tail fly here and there. a bear.

screaming. 'Good day. Shoot into the midst of them. But ate up every one he caught. take it.' said the huntsman. 'Listen. . Up with the window. and put his hand in his pocket and gave her what he had. and ordered the servant to prepare the wedding feast. and said to him. he heard a screaming and chirping in the branches over him. you seem merry enough. and you will find a piece of gold under your pillow every morning when you rise. my friend. and looked up and saw a flock of birds pulling a cloak with their bills and feet. to what I am going to tell you. good day. and after a little time you will come to a tree where you will see nine birds sitting on a cloak. and when you wear it you will find yourself at any place where you may wish to be. Off went the flock chattering away. and carried the cloak home with him. but I am hungry and thirsty. I will reward you for your kindness. and there was much rejoicing and dancing. 'he has. take out its heart and keep it. and said.' The huntsman thanked her. and tugging at each other as if each wished to have it himself. fighting. THE SALAD As a merry young huntsman was once going briskly along through a wood. Yet of his wife he never thought. cut open the bird. do pray give me something to eat. and thought to himself. took out the heart. there came up a little old woman. they are dancing still. Cut open the dead bird. 'If all this does happen. it is a wishing-cloak. this happens just as the old woman said'. Then the huntsman did as the old woman told him.' Then the wedding was solemnized with young Mr Fox. Then he wanted to go his way. 'Well. fling out my old man! For many a fine fat mouse he brought. and the cloak with it. and one will fall down dead: the cloak will fall too. but one fell down dead.' said Mrs Fox. 'this is wonderful. then he shot into the midst of them so that their feathers flew all about.' When he had gone a hundred steps or so. it will be a fine thing for me.little pointed mouth?' 'Yes.' said the cat. and if they have not left off. It is the bird's heart that will bring you this good luck. but she took hold of him. 'Sweep me the room as clean as you can.' The huntsman took pity on her.' 'Then let him come upstairs. go your way.

But the old witch made a deep sleep come upon him.' Meantime the huntsman came nearer and looked at the lady. and said.' said the old witch. that whenever I think of it I cannot help being sorrowful. and at one of the windows stood an old woman with a very beautiful young lady by her side looking about them.' So they sat down. 'Such a cloak is a very rare and wonderful thing. 'Now is the time for getting the bird's heart. and he laid his head in her lap and . I am so tired that I cannot stand any longer. for who can reach it? only the birds and the flies--man cannot. and said to the young lady. and hung his bag and bow about his neck. 'yonder lies the granite rock where all the costly diamonds grow. The diamonds glittered so on all sides that they were delighted with the sight and picked up the finest. but the real reason was. and set herself at the window. 'Let us sit down and rest ourselves a little. that he wanted to see more of the beautiful lady.' said the young lady. my dear child.' Then he took leave of his friends. and looked about the country and seemed very sorrowful. and there lay the piece of gold glittering underneath. and the moment he wished to be on the granite mountain they were both there. 'I'll take there with all my heart'. Then he went into the house. He heaped up a great deal of gold. and indeed every day when he arose. It so happened that his road one day led through a thick wood. 'Well.' 'Let us leave him that. Then the old woman said. and he never found any more gold under his pillow. and was welcomed kindly. and went his way. 'we have got the bird's heart. and said to himself. and that we must also get. 'I have been travelling so long that I should like to go into this castle and rest myself.' 'If that's all your grief. we must get it away from him. and it was not long before he was so much in love that he thought of nothing else but looking at the lady's eyes. for I have money enough to pay for anything I want'.' So she did as the old woman told her. for it lay now under the young lady's. and I must and will have it. 'Of what use is this gold to me whilst I am at home? I will go out into the world and look about me. at the end of which was a large castle in a green meadow. 'There is a young man coming out of the wood who carries a wonderful prize. for it is more fit for us than for him. Now the old woman was a witch. the same happened next day. 'he has already lost his wealth. then the huntsman said.' said she.The next morning when he awoke he lifted up his pillow. but not the wishing-cloak yet. and I want so much to go there. but he was so much in love that he never missed his prize. and he said to the young lady.' Then the witch was very angry. 'What makes you so sad?' 'Alas! dear sir. and doing everything that she wished. so he drew her under his cloak. and at last thought to himself. and the old woman took it away every morning.' So the lady stole it away. He has a bird's heart that brings a piece of gold under his pillow every morning.' said the huntsman.

but the heat of the sun scorches so that it begins to wither. so he ate on till he came to another kind of salad. But the huntsman had heard all they said. but scarcely had he swallowed two bites when he felt himself quite changed. Now this rock belonged to fierce giants who lived upon it. nor any kind of fruits. picked up the diamonds. and left him alone on the wild rock. he still felt very hungry. I have been lucky enough to find it. and went into the castle and asked for a lodging.' At last he thought to himself. so that even his mother would not have known him. and enable me to pay off some folks for their treachery. When the giants came up to him. he'll go climbing higher up the mountain. and after wandering about a few days he luckily found it. and whilst he was sleeping on she took the cloak from his shoulders. and thought to himself. 'that I can go no farther. 'Alas! what roguery there is in the world!' and there he sat in great grief and fear. and as he saw three of them striding about. for here I see neither apples nor pears. and some cloud will come rolling and carry him away. 'I wish I had something to eat. and said. and caught him in a whirlwind and bore him along for some time.' said the third.' So he picked out a fine head and ate of it.' So he went away to try and find the castle of his friends. and as soon as they were gone.' said he. and he fell quite gently to the ground amongst the greens and cabbages. if not I shall be worse off than before. and I don't know that I can carry . he climbed to the top of the mountain. it will refresh and strengthen me. However. 'who are you? and what is your business?' 'I am. and when he awoke the next morning he broke off a head both of the good and the bad salad.' said the second. and when he had sat there a short time a cloud came rolling around him. 'let him live. Then he stained his face all over brown. he said. and said. 'What worm is this that lies here curled up?' 'Tread upon him and kill him. Then he looked around him. hung it on her own. and scarcely had he tasted it when he felt another change come over him.fell asleep.' said he. he thought to himself. the first pushed him with his foot. till it settled in a garden. and saw with horror that he was turned into an ass. 'This will help me to my fortune again. so he laid himself down as if he were in a sound sleep. 'I am so tired. nothing but vegetables.' And they passed on. 'It's not worth the trouble. 'I can only save myself by feigning to be asleep'. and soon saw that he was lucky enough to have found his old shape again. 'a messenger sent by the king to find the finest salad that grows under the sun. Then he laid himself down and slept off a little of his weariness. and wished herself home again. and have brought it with me. 'I can eat salad. not knowing what to do. and the salad tasted very nice.' 'Countryman.' said the witch. When he awoke and found that his lady had tricked him.

' Then the huntsman pitied them. was going to carry it up.it farther. give them food and room. 'Now you shall be paid for your roguery.' And as he went he saw two asses in the court running about. and said. letting the dish with the salad fall on the ground. Then the huntsman washed his face and went into the court that they might know him. saying. but on the way she too felt a wish to taste it as the old woman had done. 'those two have had their share. so she also was turned into an ass and ran after the other. she said. and scarcely were they swallowed when she lost her own form and ran braying down into the court in the form of an ass.' Then he thought something must have happened. Then the witch herself took it into the kitchen to be dressed.' 'With all my heart. 'All right!' said he. 'are alive and eat. and give the youngest (who was the beautiful lady) hay three times a day and no stripes': for he could not find it in his heart to have her beaten. 'What's the matter?' said the miller. 'I don't know where the salad can be.' said he. but took a few leaves immediately and put them in her mouth.' So she ate of it. and will give you one'. and as nobody came with the salad and she longed to taste it. The messenger sat all this time with the beautiful young lady. he gave them some of the good salad to eat. the miller came to him and told him that the old ass was dead. and when they came. and seeing the salad ready. let us just taste it. and said. And the beautiful young lady . 'I will go into the kitchen and see. 'Give the old one stripes three times a day and hay once. they longed to taste it. I will pay you whatever you ask.' said the other. and ate some leaves. 'if you will take them. and like the others ran off into the court braying away.' said the miller.' Then he took up the rest of the leaves. and told the miller to drive them back to him. so he opened his bag and gave them the bad. 'but how shall I treat them?' Then the huntsman said.' answered he. give the next (who was the servant-maid) stripes once a day and hay three times.' 'To be sure. Some days after. After this he went back to the castle. 'I have three tiresome beasts here. 'The other two. laid them on the dish and brought them to the young lady. but are so sorrowful that they cannot last long. 'I bring you the dish myself that you may not wait any longer. where he found everything he wanted. 'I have two heads of it with me. 'Dear countryman. and the salad lying on the ground.' said he. and when it was ready she could not wait till it was carried up. and tied them all three to a rope and took them along with him till he came to a mill and knocked at the window. and treat them as I tell you. Now the servant-maid came into the kitchen.' When the witch and the young lady heard of his beautiful salad.

'O dearest huntsman! forgive me all the ill I have done you. and as for the bird's heart. Your wishing-cloak hangs up in the closet. he answered: 'Oh. THE STORY OF THE YOUTH WHO WENT FORTH TO LEARN WHAT FEAR WAS A certain father had two sons.' So they were married. 'They are always saying: "It makes me shudder. but you will not earn your bread by that. but if his father bade him fetch anything when it was late. father. for I always loved you very much. it was always the elder who was forced to do it. for I mean to make you my wife.' The elder brother smiled when he heard that. I will give it you too. it was against my will.' . Or when stories were told by the fire at night which made the flesh creep. my mother forced me to it. it makes me shudder!' for he was afraid. it makes us shudder!' The younger sat in a corner and listened with the rest of them. 'Just think. and lived together very happily till they died. it makes me shudder!" It does not make me shudder. and when people saw him they said: 'There's a fellow who will give his father some trouble!' When anything had to be done. or in the night-time. you are growing tall and strong.' The father sighed. and could not imagine what they could mean. the elder of who was smart and sensible. and you too must learn something by which you can earn your bread. I don't understand that at all yet. no father. and thought to himself: 'Goodness. Look how your brother works. 'I am quite willing to learn something--indeed. and the way led through the churchyard. I'll not go there.' thought he. and the father bewailed his trouble. the listeners sometimes said: 'Oh. must be an art of which I understand nothing!' Now it came to pass that his father said to him one day: 'Hearken to me. too. 'That.fell upon her knees before him. and told him how his younger son was so backward in every respect that he knew nothing and learnt nothing. it will be just the same thing. and could do everything. but the younger was stupid and could neither learn nor understand anything.' Soon after this the sexton came to the house on a visit. if it could but be managed.' he replied. 'Keep it. I should like to learn how to shudder. or any other dismal place.' But he said.' 'Well. you fellow in the corner there. but you do not even earn your salt. what a blockhead that brother of mine is! He will never be good for anything as long as he lives! He who wants to be a sickle must bend himself betimes. and answered him: 'You shall soon learn what it is to shudder. and said.

' said the father. The boy cried a second time: 'What do you want here?--speak if you are an honest fellow. 'has been the cause of a great misfortune! He has thrown my husband down the steps so that he broke his leg.' replied the sexton. 'Who is there?' cried he. and fell asleep. The sexton's wife waited a long time for her husband. 'do listen to me. who was lying moaning in the corner. and had broken his leg. 'Your boy. you have no business here at night. and he had to ring the church bell. Thereupon he rang the bell.said he.' cried she. I took him for a scoundrel. for he thought: 'It will train the boy a little. and did not move or stir.' The sexton therefore took him into his house. and I will soon polish him. and I entreated him three times either to speak or to go away. the sexton awoke him at midnight. or I will throw you down the steps!' The sexton thought: 'He can't mean to be as bad as his words. remained standing motionless that the boy might think he was a ghost. 'I have nothing but unhappiness with you.' 'If that be all. and ran thither and scolded the boy.' The father was glad to do it. he actually wanted to learn to shudder. and when the boy was at the top of the tower and turned round.' 'Ah. and then with loud screams she hastened to the boy's father. went home. 'he can learn that with me. but he did not come back.' 'No.' he replied. and bade him arise and go up into the church tower and ring the bell.' thought he.' uttered no sound and stood as if he were made of stone. 'or take yourself off. 'The devil must have put them into your head. At length she became uneasy.' The sexton. Go out of my sight.' cried the boy. I should be sorry if it were. 'Give an answer. After a day or two. and was just going to take hold of the bell rope. He was standing there by night like one intent on doing evil. and secretly went there before him. so that it fell down the ten steps and remained lying there in a corner. but the figure made no reply. he ran against him and pushed the ghost down the stairs. and without saying a word went to bed.' The father was terrified. and asked: 'Do you know where my husband is? He climbed up the tower before you did. I don't know. however. 'when I asked him how he was going to earn his bread. She carried him down.' The woman ran away and found her husband. Just go there and you will see if it was he.' replied the boy. I did not know who it was.' . 'You shall soon learn what shuddering is. 'but someone was standing by the sounding hole on the other side of the steps. I am quite innocent. and threw him downstairs.' 'Father. and as that was also to no purpose. and as he would neither gave an answer nor go away. Then the boy called to him for the third time. 'What wicked tricks are these?' said he. and wakened the boy. Send him to me. Take the good-for-nothing fellow out of our house. he saw a white figure standing on the stairs opposite the sounding hole. I will see you no more.

Here are fifty talers for you. he thought to himself: 'If you shiver below by the fire. Just come back to me early in the morning. sat down beneath it. you shall have my fifty talers. he lighted himself a fire. Then he sat down by his fire and fell asleep. At this he grew angry. however. 'it is all the same to me. therefore. and climbed up. but if I learn how to shudder as fast as that.' The youth likewise went his way.' 'If that is all that is wanted. I will not be burnt with you. and once more began to mutter to himself: 'Ah. and wait till night comes. understand one art which will support me. the boy put his fifty talers into his pocket. and they moved backwards and forwards.' The dead men. and continually said to himself: 'If I could but shudder! If I could but shudder!' Then a man approached who heard this conversation which the youth was holding with himself. how those up above must freeze and suffer!' And as he felt pity for them. or I will hang you up again. So he said: 'Take care. unbound one of them after the other.' spoke the father. Sit down beneath it. father. 'how should I know? Those fellows up there did not open their mouths. but at midnight the wind blew so sharply that in spite of his fire. there is the tree where seven men have married the ropemaker's daughter. I cannot help you.' answered the youth. I can easily keep it in mind. and tell no one from whence you come. blew it. and went forth on the great highway.' answered he. and the next morning the man came to him and wanted to have the fifty talers. and are now learning how to fly. and the fire caught their clothes. for I have reason to be ashamed of you. father. he raised the ladder. right willingly. But they sat there and did not stir. and went away saying: 'Such a youth has never come my way before. did not hear. and were so stupid that they let the few old rags which they had on their bodies get burnt. And as he was cold. and waited till evening came. and let their rags go on burning. Then he stoked the fire. he could not get warm. and when they had walked a little farther to where they could see the gallows. Then will I go forth and learn how to shudder. and said: 'If you will not take care. if I could but shudder! Ah. and brought down all seven. Take these and go into the wide world. and you will soon learn how to shudder.' 'Learn what you will. the man said to him: 'Look. at any rate.'Yes.' Then the man saw that he would not get the fifty talers that day. And as the wind knocked the hanged men against each other.' 'Yes. it shall be as you will.' Then the youth went to the gallows. and then I shall. and who is your father. but were quite silent. If you desire nothing more than that. wait only until it is day.' When the day dawned. if I could but shudder!' A waggoner who was striding behind him heard this and asked: 'Who are .' and he hung them up again each in his turn. and said: 'Well do you know how to shudder?' 'No. and set them all round it to warm themselves. 'it is easily done.

and as the youth pleased him.' said the waggoner. but they must be things without life.' The king looked at him.' 'What is it that you are always muttering between your teeth?' 'Ah.' Towards midnight he was about to poke his fire. Likewise in the castle lay great treasures. Then at the entrance of the parlour the youth again said quite loudly: 'If I could but shudder! If I could but shudder!' The host who heard this.' 'Ah. miau! how cold we are!' 'You fools!' cried he. if I could but shudder!' said he. For this purpose indeed have I journeyed forth. a turning lathe.' The youth went with the waggoner. laughed and said: 'If that is your desire.' answered the youth. two great black cats came with one tremendous leap and sat down on each side of him. I will learn it. and as he was blowing it. When night was drawing near. Then the youth went next morning to the king. shall we have a game of cards?' 'Why not?' he replied. it would be a pity and a shame if such beautiful eyes as these should never see the daylight again. something cried suddenly from one corner: 'Au.' And when he had said that. be silent.' replied the youth.' He let the host have no rest. and seated himself by the turning-lathe. After a short time. 'I do so wish I could shudder. Already many men had gone into the castle. I will willingly watch three nights in the haunted castle. and these treasures would then be freed.' But the youth said: 'However difficult it may be.' said the hostess. come and take a seat by the fire and warm yourselves. but no one can teach me how. he said: 'You may ask for three things to take into the castle with you. which were guarded by evil spirits. 'what are you crying about? If you are cold. 'but . and would make a poor man rich enough. if he would but watch in it for three nights. 'Come. until the latter told him. they said: 'Comrade.' Then he answered: 'Then I ask for a fire. when they had warmed themselves. and in the evening they arrived at an inn where they wished to pass the night. that not far from thence stood a haunted castle where anyone could very easily learn what shuddering was. The king had promised that he who would venture should have his daughter to wife. and a cutting-board with the knife.you?' 'I don't know. 'Ah. I will see about a place for you. but as yet none had come out again. and looked savagely at him with their fiery eyes. 'so many prying persons have already lost their lives. 'but I shall not learn it here either. and said: 'If it be allowed.' 'Who is your father?' 'That I may not tell you. there ought to be a good opportunity for you here. Then the waggoner asked: 'From whence do you come?' 'I know not. the youth went up and made himself a bright fire in one of the rooms. placed the cutting-board and knife beside it.' 'Enough of your foolish chatter. and she was the most beautiful maiden the sun shone on. go with me.' The king had these things carried into the castle for him during the day.

and slept till it was day. and cried: 'Away with you. and he felt a desire to sleep. hop. and when he saw him lying there on the ground. put them on the cutting-board and screwed their feet fast. 'Very well indeed.' and lay down by his fire. If someone would but tell me!' The second night he again went up into the old castle. there was a roaring and howling.' said he. the others he killed. pulled it to pieces.' The youth heard it.' said he. And as he thus sat. the two pieces were joined together. but at last when they were going too far.' answered he. I must first cut them for you. and at length with a loud scream. an uproar and noise of tumbling about was heard. his eyes would keep open no longer. however. and once more began his old song: 'If I could but shudder!' When midnight came. This is not enough!' Then the uproar began again. it turned over upside down. Then it was quiet for a while. He watched them for a while quietly. but it grew louder and louder.' Then he went to the innkeeper. 'Wait. Then said he: 'After all it is a pity. and said: 'It has not come to that yet. and lay on him like a mountain. When he came back he fanned the embers of his fire again and warmed himself. 'one night is past. But he threw quilts and pillows up in the air. 'and my fancy for card-playing has gone. Then he looked round and saw a great bed in the corner. Some of them ran away.' Then they stretched out their claws. he seized his cutting-knife. In the morning the king came. 'I have looked at your fingers. the two others will pass likewise. and they yelled horribly. and a hideous man was sitting in his place. got up. 'Hullo!' cried he. at first it was low.' When he had done that and looked round again.' . 'what long nails you have! Wait. who opened his eyes very wide.' said he. sat down by the fire. half a man came down the chimney and fell before him. and tried to put it out. When he was just going to shut his eyes. 'That is no part of our bargain. he thought the evil spirits had killed him and he was dead.' Thereupon he seized them by the throats. and went over the whole of the castle.' said he. and got into it.--for so handsome a man. may drive.' and he struck them dead and threw them out into the water. got out and said: 'Now anyone who likes.just show me your paws. but suddenly hop. out from every hole and corner came black cats and black dogs with red-hot chains. and got on his fire. over thresholds and stairs.' Then the bed rolled on as if six horses were harnessed to it. and said: 'I never expected to see you alive again! Have you learnt how to shudder yet?' 'No.' Then the king was astonished.' said he. 'Oh. up and down. vermin. and the other half fell down likewise. 'That's right. 'but go faster.' said he. 'it is all in vain. and more and more of them came until he could no longer move. 'I will just stoke up the fire a little for you. and threw out into the fish-pond. But when he had made away with these two.' and began to cut them down. but very glad. and asked how he had fared. 'That is the very thing for me. and was about to sit down again by his fire. the bed began to move of its own accord. 'another half belongs to this.

for you shall die. He was old. the youth. but he went to it and took the lid off. however. and sat down by the fire and laid him on his breast and rubbed his arms that the blood might circulate again. now they will roll better!' said he. everything vanished from his sight. that is certainly my little cousin. ha. do not talk so big. 'I have had a wonderful time! If I did but know what it was to shudder!' The third night he sat down again on his bench and said quite sadly: 'If I could but shudder. but when it struck twelve. got up and cried: 'Now will I strangle you.' 'Not so fast.' and he beckoned with his finger. however. have I not warmed you?' The dead man.said the youth. 'I will warm you a little. The youth also wanted to play and said: 'Listen you. and shut the lid.' and carried him to the bed.' and he took him up. He lay down and quietly fell asleep. and perhaps even stronger.' said he. but thrust him off with all his strength. 'See.' Then a man entered who was taller than all others. After a short time the dead man became warm too.' said he. they warm each other.' replied he.' replied the youth. Then said the youth. little cousin. 'Hurrah! now we'll have fun!' He played with them and lost some of his money.' 'What!' said he. come. who died only a few days ago.' . As this also did no good. and cried: 'Come. Then came the six men and carried him away again.' When it grew late. 'Softly. He felt his face. 'the bench is mine. 'Wait. covered him over and lay down by him. 'but your balls are not quite round. but he remained cold. and had a long white beard. one after the other. however. I shall have to have a say in it. 'is that the way you thank me? You shall at once go into your coffin again. but it was cold as ice.' 'Have you not shuddered then?' 'What?' said he. six tall men came in and brought a coffin. 'I shall never learn it here as long as I live. Then still more men fell down.' cried he.' 'I will soon seize you. and set them up and played at nine-pins with them. 'There.' he answered.' The man wanted to push him away.' 'Money enough. Then he said: 'Ha. and began to move. 'I cannot manage to shudder.' They placed the coffin on the ground. softly. 'and have lost a couple of farthings. 'You wretch. 'you shall soon learn what it is to shudder. and a dead man lay therein. I am as strong as you are.' Then he took the skulls and put them in the lathe and turned them till they were round. he thought to himself: 'When two people lie in bed together. 'I have been playing at nine-pins.' said the fiend. Next morning the king came to inquire after him. threw him into it. Then he took him out. would not allow that. if you have any money. and looked terrible. 'How has it fared with you this time?' asked he. they brought nine dead men's legs and two skulls. and seated himself again in his own place.' and went to the fire and warmed his hand and laid it on the dead man's face. can I join you?' 'Yes. 'If I am to die. little cousin.

and she only made sport of them. but so proud.' he answered.' 'That is all very well. and went to the other anvil. the third yours. 'I can do better than that. he still said always: 'If I could but shudder--if I could but shudder. when he would give him great riches. and felt about. and in a cellar showed him three chests full of gold. but no one told me what it was to shudder. Her waiting-maid said: 'I will find a cure for him. and the spirit disappeared. I will let you go--come.' said he. Next morning the king came and said: 'Now you must have learnt what shuddering is?' 'No.' Then he led him by dark passages to a smith's forge.' 'Then.' said the king. so that the little fishes would sprawl about him. 'Of these. 'you have saved the castle. we will try. 'what can it be? My dead cousin was here. . The old man placed himself near and wanted to look on.' She went out to the stream which flowed through the garden. he shall soon learn what it is to shudder. and in it caught the old man's beard.' said the old man. and conceited.' In the meantime it struck twelve. 'I shall still be able to find my way out. and a bearded man came and showed me a great deal of money down below. and however happy he was. The youth drew out the axe and let him go. found the way into the room. split the anvil with one blow. Then he woke up and cried: 'Oh.' And this at last angered her. Then the youth seized the axe. 'but still I do not know what it is to shudder!' Then the gold was brought up and the wedding celebrated.' said the youth. At night when the young king was sleeping. so that the youth stood in darkness. and shall marry my daughter. what makes me shudder so?--what makes me shudder so. dear wife? Ah! now I know what it is to shudder!' KING GRISLY-BEARD A great king of a land far away in the East had a daughter who was very beautiful. The old man led him back into the castle. 'Now it is your turn to die. the other for the king.' Then he seized an iron bar and beat the old man till he moaned and entreated him to stop. 'Now I have you. and slept there by his fire. and with one blow struck an anvil into the ground. took an axe. and his white beard hung down. that none of the princes who came to ask her in marriage was good enough for her.' said he. and haughty.'We shall see. and had a whole bucketful of gudgeons brought to her.' said he. 'If you are stronger. 'one part is for the poor.' said the youth. his wife was to draw the clothes off him and empty the bucket full of cold water with the gudgeons in it over him. but howsoever much the young king loved his wife.

be he prince or beggar. 'Pray. hadst thou taken him. so she said he was like a green stick.' answered he. 'They belong to King Grisly-beard. And thus she had some joke to crack upon every one: but she laughed more than all at a good king who was there.' So words and tears were of no avail. 'would that I had married King Grisly-beard!' Then they came to a great city. Two days after there came by a travelling fiddler. 'Whose are these beautiful green meadows?' said she. and as she passed by them she had something spiteful to say to every one. The next was too tall: 'What a maypole!' said she. and knights. 'why did I not marry King Grisly-beard?' 'That is no business of mine. that came to the door. When this was over the king said. and she called him 'Wallface. and when the king heard him.' The fifth was too red. that I will give you my daughter for your wife. he said. 'whose is this wood?' 'It belongs to King Grisly-beard. 'Whose is this noble city?' said she.' said the fiddler: 'why . 'hadst thou taken him.' So the king got the nickname of Grisly-beard.' said she. it had all been thine. 'It belongs to King Grisly-beard. Then the princess came in. he shall be called Grisly-beard. 'would that I had married King Grisly-beard!' Next they came to some fine meadows.' 'Ah! wretch that I am!' sighed she. but the king said. The fourth was too pale. who began to play under the window and beg alms. and how she ill-treated all his guests. ranged according to their rank--kings.' said she. and took her with him. The next was too short: 'What a dumpling!' said she.Once upon a time the king held a great feast.' So they brought in a dirty-looking fellow. But the old king was very angry when he saw how his daughter behaved. and they soon came to a great wood.' Then the fiddler went his way. and princes. 'Now get ready to go--you must not stay here--you must travel on with your husband. and when he had sung before the king and the princess. 'Look at him.' 'Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!' said she. and she was married to the fiddler. The first was too fat: 'He's as round as a tub. willing or unwilling. and counts. 'his beard is like an old mop. and I will keep my word. 'Let him come in. 'You have sung so well. so she called him 'Coxcomb. and earls. that had been laid to dry over a baker's oven.' The sixth was not straight enough.' said she. he begged a boon. Then the king said. the parson was sent for.' 'Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!' sighed she. and asked thither all her suitors. and barons. 'I have sworn to give you to the first comer. hadst thou taken him.' The princess begged and prayed. all had been thine. she should marry the first man. and he vowed that. and they all sat in a row. they had all been thine. and dukes.

and the fiddler was forced to help her. how they will laugh at me!' But her husband did not care for that. and there you will have plenty to eat. and broke all her goods into a thousand pieces. 'Ah! what will become of me?' said she. 'to whom does that little dirty hole belong?' Then the fiddler said. for many people. and put on water and cook my supper. and asked if they did not want a kitchen-maid. spending money and earning nothing. 'as to put an earthenware stall in the corner of the market. but a drunken soldier soon came by. 'See now. and helped the cook to do all the dirtiest work. Now make the fire.should you wish for another husband? Am not I good enough for you?' At last they came to a small cottage. and brought them home. When they had eaten a very scanty meal they went to bed.' 'Alas!' sighed she. 'you are good for nothing. and you shall stand in the market and sell them. Thus they lived for two days: and when they had eaten up all there was in the cottage.' said he: 'try and spin. At first the trade went well. but the fiddler called her up very early in the morning to clean the house.' Then he went out and cut willows. and paid their money without thinking of taking away the goods. 'Wife. perhaps you will do that better.' Thus the princess became a kitchen-maid. where we are to live. and knew not what to do. and she began to weave. She had not been there long before she heard that the king's eldest son . seeing such a beautiful woman. the man said. 'if any of my father's court should pass by and see me standing in the market. I see you are not fit for this sort of work. You must learn to weave baskets. so I have been to the king's palace. went to buy her wares. and said she must work. 'That is your and my house. and rode his horse against her stall. we can't go on thus. I'll try and set up a trade in pots and pans.' said he. 'What do we want with servants?' said he. Then she began to cry. 'Who would have thought you would have been so silly. and she sat herself down with it in the corner of the market. but it made her fingers very sore. They lived on this as long as it lasted. but she was allowed to carry home some of the meat that was left. but the threads cut her tender fingers till the blood ran. 'what will my husband say?' So she ran home and told him all. 'I see this work won't do. and they say they will take you.' 'Where are your servants?' cried she.' said the fiddler. you can do no work: what a bargain I have got! However. and then her husband bought a fresh lot of ware.' But the princess knew nothing of making fires and cooking. 'What a paltry place!' said she. where everybody passes? but let us have no more crying.' So she sat down and tried to spin. for I am very tired. 'you must do for yourself whatever is to be done. and on this they lived. if she did not wish to die of hunger.

and to show you the folly of your ill-treatment of me. when an unknown huntsman announced himself to the king as seeking a situation. I am also the soldier that overset your stall.' Then the chamberlains came and brought her the most beautiful robes. going to be married. Then she bitterly grieved for the pride and folly which had brought her so low. One day he sent out a huntsman to shoot him a roe. and said: 'Scour the whole forest through. but he did not come back. they danced and sang. and she went to one of the windows and looked out. She sprang to the door to run away. but sometimes an eagle or a hawk flying over it. and offered to go into the dangerous forest. in came the king's son in golden clothes. he sent for all his huntsmen. but they too stayed away. he took her by the hand.' said the king. and welcomed her home on her marriage. but she trembled for fear. for she saw that it was King Grisly-beard. so that the meats in it fell about. And the servants gave her some of the rich meats. and when he saw a beautiful woman at the door. 'Perhaps some accident has befallen him. and I only wish that you and I had been of the party. and brought her back and said. and it is time to hold our marriage feast. and the cover of the basket came off. and nothing was seen of it. and do not give up until you have found all three. and all the pomp and brightness of the court was there. IRON HANS There was once upon a time a king who had a great forest near his palace. all were merry. he kept fast hold. no one would any longer venture into the forest. Then everybody laughed and jeered at her. Everything was ready. none were seen again.was passing by. and her father and his whole court were there already. 'Fear me not! I am the fiddler who has lived with you in the hut. and the next day he sent out two more huntsmen who were to search for him. Now all is over: you have learnt wisdom. and said she should be his partner in the dance. and it lay there in deep stillness and solitude.' But of these also. that she wished herself a thousand feet deep in the earth. However. as she was going out. I have done all this only to cure you of your silly pride. The feast was grand. and she was so abashed. who was making sport of her. and led her in. Then on the third day. full of all kinds of wild animals. From that time forth. The . Joy was in every face and every heart. All on a sudden. I brought you there because I really loved you. which she put into her basket to take home. but on the steps King Grisly-beard overtook her. none came home again. This lasted for many years.

took him up. do not go away.' but the boy would not. I fear it would fare with you no better than with the others. There was great astonishment over the wild man. had him put in an iron cage in his courtyard.' The huntsman replied: 'Lord. The next day he again went and asked for his ball. and said: 'It is not safe in there. the wild man said: 'Open my door. or I shall be beaten!' The wild man turned back. When the king came home. however. and forbade the door to be opened on pain of death. and whose hair hung over his face down to his knees.' The huntsman therefore betook himself with his dog to the forest. he called and cried after him: 'Oh. but no one answered. who wanted to have his ball back.' 'Not till you have opened the door for me. and while he was playing. the king has forbidden it. and a naked arm stretched itself out of the water.' The boy. On the third day the king had ridden out hunting. he took the boy down from his shoulder. and sought the key. but it was gone. cast all thought to the winds. 'I will not do that. of fear I know nothing.king. you can get it there. And from this time forth everyone could again go into the forest with safety. and the queen herself was to take the key into her keeping. She called the boy. The king sent out people to seek for him in the fields. could go no farther. and you would never come out again. and went with hasty steps into the forest.' Then the wild man said: 'It lies under your mother's pillow. The boy had become afraid. The boy ran thither and said: 'Give me my ball out. for you have set me free.' and ran away. seized it. and much grief reigned in the royal court. 'No. She knew nothing about it. and drew it under. he observed the empty cage.' answered the man. I will venture it at my own risk. wild man. his golden ball fell into the cage. and led him away to the castle. When the huntsman saw that. and hurried away. for I have not the key. who was once playing in the courtyard. . The king had a son of eight years. and asked the queen how that had happened. set him on his shoulder. gave him the golden ball. would not give his consent. the king. and the boy pinched his fingers. he went back and fetched three men to come with buckets and bale out the water.' said the boy. but hardly had the dog run two steps when it stood before a deep pool. and brought the key. When the wild man had once more reached the dark forest. When they could see to the bottom there lay a wild man whose body was brown like rusty iron. but I will keep you with me. and wanted to pursue it. but they did not find him. They bound him with cords. Then he could easily guess what had happened. and the boy went once more and said: 'I cannot open the door even if I wished. When it was open the wild man stepped out. It was not long before the dog fell in with some game on the way. and said to him: 'You will never see your father and mother again. however. The door opened with difficulty.

'I will allow you to watch by it once more. in order that the man might not see it. If you do all I bid you. and the next morning the man took him to a well. however much it hurt him. but the whole of the hair of his head was already golden and shone like the sun. He drew it quickly out again. and as I mean well by you. and trying to look straight into the eyes. greater than you think. You can imagine how terrified the poor boy was! He took his pocket-handkerchief and tied it round his head. He raised himself up quickly. My power is great. Iron Hans came. 'You have let a hair fall into the well. His finger hurt him again and he passed it over his head. this time it may pass.' said he. his finger hurt him so violently that he involuntarily put it in the water.' Then the king's son left the forest. there is one thing I will grant you.' On the third day. and held his finger behind his back. his long hair fell down from his shoulders into the water. you shall fare well.' The boy placed himself by the brink of the well. and said: 'Behold. or it will be polluted.and I have compassion on you. and took care that nothing fell in. but saw that it was quite gilded.' By daybreak the boy was already sitting by the well and watching it. and said: 'Take the handkerchief off. but it was already quite gilded. and whatsoever pains he took to wash the gold off again. But he said: 'You have dipped your finger into the water. you shall sit beside it. but if this happens for the third time then the well is polluted and you can no longer remain with me. And as he still bent down more and more while he was doing so. come to the forest and cry: "Iron Hans." and then I will come and help you. all was to no purpose. and already knew what had happened. if you fall into any difficulty.' Then the golden hair streamed forth. As he was thus sitting. the boy sat by the well. looked at the boy. In the evening Iron Hans came back. 'You have not stood the trial and can stay here no longer. Go forth into the world.' he answered. and I have gold and silver in abundance.' He made a bed of moss for the boy on which he slept. But as you have not a bad heart. and he looked at the reflection of his face on the surface of the water. and take care that nothing falls into it. the gold well is as bright and clear as crystal. that the man might not see it. and then unhappily a hair fell down into the well. and did not stir his finger. and more than anyone in the world. and said: 'What has happened to the well?' 'Nothing nothing. it was of no use. He took it quickly out. Of treasure and gold have I enough. When he came he already knew everything. and let the boy excuse himself as he might. I will come every evening to see if you have obeyed my order. but take care you do not again let anything go in. and walked by beaten and unbeaten . and often saw a golden fish or a golden snake show itself therein. there you will learn what poverty is. But the time was long to him.

Lord. and gave them to the gardener for playthings for his children. She again gave him a handful of ducats. and he would not have her money. no. but as he did not like to let his golden hair be seen. and said: 'I present them to your children. hoe and dig. she could not get his cap away from him. and exchanged him for the gardener's boy. and up she sprang to see what that could be. As the sun shone on his hair it glittered and flashed so that the rays fell into the bedroom of the king's daughter. And now the boy had to plant and water the garden. but he held it fast with both hands.' The following day the king's daughter again called to him that he was to bring her a wreath of field-flowers. and asked if they would take him in. and then his golden hair rolled down on his shoulders. Once when it so happened that no one else was at hand. but he would not keep them. and will please her better. however. I have a bad sore place on my head. I cannot.paths ever onwards until at length he reached a great city. Then she saw the boy. At length the cook took him into his service. and cried to him: 'Boy. and bear the wind and bad weather.' He answered: 'Ah. had pity on him. the day was so warm he took his little cap off that the air might cool him. and then he went in with it. At length he went to the palace.' replied the boy. and seek out the prettiest and rarest. and he said: 'When you come to the royal table you must take your hat off. 'the wild ones have more scent.' When he got into the room.' He put his cap on with all haste. it is not seemly to keep it on in my presence. but he cared nothing for the gold pieces. With these he departed. however. He took them to the gardener. When he was ascending the stairs with them. and gave him a handful of ducats. The cook. He wanted to run out.' She. she instantly snatched at his cap. but they liked him. and that he was to send him away at once.' He again said: 'I may not. Once in summer when he was working alone in the garden. and wanted to take it away from him. and get another. the cook ordered him to carry the food to the royal table. and said: 'How can you take the king's daughter a garland of such common flowers? Go quickly. Such a thing as that had never yet come under the king's notice. and told him to stay. I have a sore head. and he learnt nothing by which he could help himself. but she held him by the arm.' Then the king had the cook called before him and scolded him. and it was splendid to behold. On the third day things went just the same.' 'Oh. The people about court did not at all know what use they could make of him. . There he looked for work. and asked how he could take such a boy as that into his service. bring me a wreath of flowers. they can play with them. but could find none. caught at his cap and pulled it off. he kept his little cap on. and gathered wild field-flowers and bound them together. and said he might carry wood and water. the gardener met him. and rake the cinders together. the king's daughter said: 'Take your cap off.

and I did not see him again. and it was not long before a stable-boy came out of it. and you shall throw a golden apple. broke like a hurricane over the enemy. Thereupon the wild man appeared immediately. he conducted his troop by byways back to the forest. the country was overrun by war. but he smiled. and wished him joy of his victory. Perhaps the unknown man will show himself. and the others have been mocking him. and rode away to the dark forest. but the king did not know. we will leave one behind us in the stable for you. and give me my three-legged horse again. The youth made over his three-legged horse to the stable-boy. hobblety jib. and called forth Iron Hans." And then he was still more ridiculed. and said: 'He has just come home on his three-legged horse. 'What do you desire?' asked the wild man. When he got near the battlefield a great part of the king's men had already fallen. and said: 'He followed the enemy. and it would have gone badly without me. and soon he was riding on his three-legged horse. 'but a strange knight who came to my assistance with his soldiers.' said he. When the king returned to his palace. 'What do you desire?' . They began to flee. it was lame of one foot. mounted the other. Then said the gardener's boy: 'I am grown up.' She inquired of the gardener where his boy was. and will go to the wars also.' When they had gone forth.Not long afterwards. he went into the stable. and little was wanting to make the rest give way. Then the youth galloped thither with his iron soldiers.' When the feast was announced. until there was not a single man left. When he came to the outskirts. and led the horse out. he called 'Iron Hans' three times so loudly that it echoed through the trees. and did not know whether or not he could offer any opposition to the enemy. his daughter went to meet him. The king gathered together his people. and called Iron Hans. and still more than you ask for. for I am going to the wars. and beat down all who opposed him. and said: 'Seek one for yourself when we are gone.' The daughter wanted to hear who the strange knight was. and crying: "Here comes our hobblety jib back again!" They asked.' The king said to his daughter: 'I will proclaim a great feast that shall last for three days. and said: 'What do you desire?' 'I want a strong steed. Instead of returning to the king.' The others laughed. the youth went out to the forest. and behind them followed a great troop of warriors entirely equipped in iron.' Then the wild man went back into the forest. and could hardly be restrained. and never stopped. 'Take back your horse and your troops. who was superior in strength and had a mighty army. 'I am not the one who carried away the victory. nevertheless he mounted it. and limped hobblety jib. and their swords flashed in the sun. too: "Under what hedge have you been lying sleeping all the time?" So he said: "I did the best of all. however.' 'That you shall have. and rode at the head of the soldiers. who led a horse that snorted with its nostrils.' All that he asked was done. but the youth pursued. only give me a horse.

The youth nevertheless escaped from them. and was recognized by no one. the king's attendants pursued him. and said: 'He does not stand much on ceremony. 'and here the apples are. and who caught the three golden apples?' asked the king.' 'If you can perform such deeds as that.' said Iron Hans.' When the day came. he must appear before me and tell his name. can I do anything to please you?' 'Yes.' answered he. and if he would not come back willingly. and ride on a spirited chestnut-horse. and again he caught the apple. 'that I owe my thanks to you. and he did not linger an instant.' answered he. Give me your daughter to wife. But the king's daughter went up to him and took it off. and gave him a white horse. but I have already seen by his golden hair that he was no gardener's boy. tell me. On the third day. but none of them caught it but he.' and he took them out of his pocket. 'You shall likewise have a suit of red armour for the occasion.' 'It is as safe as if you had it already.' said the king. he received from Iron Hans a suit of black armour and a black horse. and he was so handsome that all were amazed. The king grew angry. 'That I may catch the king's daughter's golden apple.' He gave the order that if the knight who caught the apple. and only came home yesterday evening. they were to cut him down and stab him. who is your father?' 'My father is a mighty king. but galloped off with it. but his horse leapt so violently that the helmet fell from the youth's head.' The maiden laughed. and gold have I in plenty as great as I require. always in different colours. the youth galloped to the spot. 'He is at work in the garden. and threw a golden apple to the knights. The king's daughter came forward. They rode back and announced this to the king. But when he was riding off with it. 'Are you the knight who came every day to the festival.asked he. you are no gardener's boy. should go away again they should pursue him. But I am likewise the knight who helped you to your victory over your enemies. and then his golden hair fell down over his shoulders. took his place amongst the knights. 'Yes. the queer creature has been at the festival too. Again he was the only one who caught the apple. The following day the king's daughter asked the gardener about his boy.' The king had him summoned into his presence. and they could see that he had golden hair. 'If you desire further proof. only as soon as he had it he galloped away. On the second day Iron Hans equipped him as a white knight. and said: 'That is not allowed.' and then she went and . he has likewise shown my children three golden apples which he has won. and returned them to the king. and he came and again had his little cap on his head. 'that indeed you can.' 'I well see. you may see the wound which your people gave me when they followed me. and one of them got so near him that he wounded the youth's leg with the point of his sword.

He went up to the youth. 'Before I marry anyone I must have three dresses: one must be of gold. for they had given up all hope of ever seeing their dear son again. embraced him and said: 'I am Iron Hans. unless you meet with a wife who is as beautiful as I am. still there was not one to be found who had golden hair. and who has golden hair like mine. But there was no princess in the world so beautiful. to which every beast in the kingdom must give a part of his skin. So the messengers came home. But the king was not to be comforted.' Then when the king in his grief promised all she asked. and was by enchantment a wild man. to seek for a bride as beautiful as the late queen.' And thus she though he would think of the matter no more. like the sun. another must be of shining silver. and you say there must be a queen. Now the king had a daughter. like the moon. but you have set me free. and for a long time never thought of taking another wife. another silvery.' When the courtiers heard this they were shocked. like the stars: and his hunters were told to hunt out all the beasts in . 'Heaven forbid that a father should marry his daughter! Out of so great a sin no good can come. and said. shall be your property. who was just as beautiful as her mother. she shut her eyes and died. I shall not find any bride upon the whole earth. his wise men said. and were in great delight. 'May I not marry my daughter? She is the very image of my dead wife: unless I have her. And as they were sitting at the marriage-feast. and had the same golden hair. the king looked at her and saw that she was just like this late queen: then he said to his courtiers. and a stately king came in with a great retinue. like the sun. and when she felt that her end drew near she called the king to her and said. like the moon. so she said to him. And when she was grown up. the king must marry again. that we may have a queen. 'this will not do. whose queen had hair of the purest gold.kissed him. and was so beautiful that her match was not to be met with on the whole face of the earth. the music suddenly stopped.' CAT-SKIN There was once a king. 'Promise me that you will never marry again. But this beautiful queen fell ill. and had had all their trouble for nothing. and a third sparkling. But the king made the most skilful workmen in his kingdom weave the three dresses: one golden. the doors opened. and if there had been.' So messengers were sent far and wide. all the treasures which I possess. but hoped the king would soon give up such thoughts. I want a mantle of a thousand different kinds of fur put together. At last. and a third must be dazzling as the stars: besides this. however. His father and mother came to the wedding.' And his daughter was also shocked.

till at last she came to a large wood. Then she threw herself upon Heaven for help in her need. the king sent them to her. but she got up in the night when all were asleep. but be back again in half an hour's time. and when they came back again said. and took three of her trinkets. his dogs came to the tree.' So the huntsmen took it up.' And the huntsmen went up to the tree. and went into her cabin.' And the cook said. to rake out the ashes.' Then she took her little lamp. such as we never saw before.' Then they said.his kingdom. 'what will now become of thee?' But it happened one day that a feast was to be held in the king's castle. and said. and run round and round. and said. sift the ashes. a golden ring. and . and washed the soot from off her face and hands. you will do for the kitchen. to blow the fire. and the stars--up in a nutshell. Now as the king to whom the wood belonged was hunting in it. she sat herself down in the hollow of a tree and soon fell asleep: and there she slept on till it was midday. pluck the poultry. Then they showed her a little corner under the staircase. and so went to the feast. and brought out of it the dress that shone like the sun. and a golden brooch. and do things of that sort. As she was very tired. the moon. and went away. have pity on me and take me with you.' said the king. you may go. Thus Cat-skin lived for a long time very sorrowfully. 'May I go up a little while and see what is going on? I will take care and stand behind the door. so that her beauty shone forth like the sun from behind the clouds. 'Ah! pretty princess!' thought she. Miss Cat-skin. where no light of day ever peeped in. and to take the finest fur out of their skins: and thus a mantle of a thousand furs was made. and made to fetch wood and water. but there it lies fast asleep. and packed the three dresses--of the sun. and took off the fur skin. a golden necklace. 'I am a poor child that has neither father nor mother left. 'and see what sort of game lies there.' 'See. and began to snuff about. 'Yes. 'if you can catch it alive. 'In the hollow tree there lies a most wonderful beast. so she said to the cook. When all were ready. But the king came up to her. you can sweep up the ashes. and took her home to the king's palace. and besmeared her face and hands with soot. and wrapped herself up in the mantle made of all sorts of fur.' And she was sent into the kitchen. and do all the dirty work.' So they put her into the coach. and the maiden awoke and was greatly frightened. and we will take it with us. 'Yes. and held out his hand and danced with her. 'Look sharp!' said the king to the huntsmen. you may lie and sleep there. Everyone made way for her. 'Cat-skin. and bark. She next opened her nutshell. for nobody knew her. its skin seems to be of a thousand kinds of fur. and journeyed on the whole night. pick the herbs. and they thought she could be no less than a king's daughter.

and put it into the dish in which the soup was. The guards that stood at the castle gate were called in: but they had seen no one. and said to Cat-skin.' When the dance was at an end she curtsied. Cat-skin heated the king's soup. 'but come again in half an hour. 'That is not true. and went into the kitchen to cook the soup. When she went into the kitchen to her work. no one knew wither. and cook the king the soup that he likes so much.' said she. 'that has lost both father and mother. and it pleased him so well. and he asked him who had cooked the soup. 'I never saw any one half so beautiful. she went and looked in the cabin for her little golden ring. The cook was frightened when he heard the order. and toasted a slice of bread first. and Cat-skin asked the cook to let her go up and see it as before. so slyly that the king did not see where she was gone. or you will run a chance of never eating again. But the king said. and put it on. you will have a good beating. that he thought he had never tasted any so good before. The truth was. he ordered the cook to be sent for.' said she.' 'How came you in my palace?' asked he. and when it was ready. I should like to run up now and give a peep: but take care you don't let a hair fall into it. blackened her face and hands. 'I did.' Then he went before the king. as nicely as ever she could. After a time there was another feast. washed herself quickly. looking like a king's daughter. and as he could not make out how it had got there. 'You must have let a hair fall into the soup.' 'Then let Cat-skin come up. and took her dress out which was silvery as the moon. and heat the king's soup. and began to rake the ashes. but Cat-skin did. 'Who are you?' 'I am a poor child. After the dance was at an end she managed to slip out. the king ordered his soup to be brought in. and was Cat-skin again.' 'But how did you get the ring that was in the soup?' asked the king. but she sprang into her little cabin. it was better done than you could do it. the cook said. At the bottom he saw a gold ring lying. 'but to be scullion-girl. and when the dance began he danced with her. put on the fur-skin cloak.' Then she ran to her little cabin.' said the king: and when she came he said to her. 'Yes. and to have boots and shoes thrown at my head. pulled off her dress. 'Let that alone till the morning. and when the king looked round for her.' said he.' answered the cook. Whilst the cook was above stairs. the king went up to her. if it be so. and made herself into Cat-skin again. When the dance was over. Then she would not own that she knew anything about the ring.he thought in his heart. 'To tell the truth I did not cook it. so the king sent her away again about her business.' As soon as the cook went away. and when she went in. she got the golden necklace and . 'I am good for nothing.' Then he answered. that she had run into her little cabin. and rejoiced at seeing her again. she was gone.

and ordered that the dance should be kept up a long time. But when the king had ordered a feast to be got ready for the third time. or indeed in any other. as ever was heard of or seen in that country. then it was brought to the king. she put the golden brooch into the dish. and kept fast hold of it. but she still told him that she was only fit to have boots and shoes thrown at her head. he ordered Cat-skin to be called once more. Then she put on her dress which sparkled like the stars. and she could no longer hide herself: so she washed the soot and ashes from her face. who ate it. the fur cloak fell off a little on one side. he would have held her fast by the hand. and showed herself to be the most beautiful princess upon the face of the earth. and when she wanted to loose herself and spring away. and the king danced with her again. Then she ran into the kitchen.' However. When it was at an end. But the king said. So whilst he was dancing with her. and it pleased him as well as before. he let her go up as before. and the starry dress sparkled underneath it. 'for you always put something into your soup. and soon saw the white finger. Cat-skin was brought again before the king. one of which bore . but left one of her fingers white. it happened just the same as before. and her golden hair and beautiful form were seen. and the ring that he had put on it whilst they were dancing: so he seized her hand. so he sent for the cook. When the king got to the bottom. and in her haste did not blacken herself all over with soot. Cat-skin.dropped it into the soup. but she slipped away.' said the cook. who was again forced to tell him that Cat-skin had cooked it. 'You are my beloved bride. and sprang so quickly through the crowd that he lost sight of her: and she ran as fast as she could into her little cabin under the stairs. and cooked the king's soup. and stayed beyond the half-hour. so she had not time to take off her fine dress.' And the wedding feast was held. Then he got hold of the fur and tore it off. SNOW-WHITE AND ROSE-RED There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage. and we will never more be parted from each other. In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose-trees. and went into the ball-room in it. he put a gold ring on her finger without her seeing it. so that it pleases the king better than mine. But this time she kept away too long. and threw her fur mantle over it. and as soon as the cook was gone. and thought she had never looked so beautiful as she did then. and a merry day it was. 'You must be a witch.

And their mother told them that it must have been the angel who watches over good children. and no beasts did them any harm. and slept until morning came. and the two girls listened as they sat and spun.' They often ran about the forest alone and gathered red berries. And close by them lay a lamb upon the floor. and night came on. as busy and cheerful as ever two children in the world were. In the evening. No mishap overtook them. and helped her with her housework.' and their mother would add: 'What one has she must share with the other. the mother said: 'Go. He got up and looked quite kindly at them. they laid themselves down near one another upon the moss. when the snowflakes fell. and the mother took her spectacles and read aloud out of a large book. but Snow-white sat at home with her mother. and sang whatever they knew. only Snow-white was more quiet and gentle than Rose-red. Snow-white. and one was called Snow-white. and when Snow-white said: 'We will not leave each other. They were as good and happy. and behind them upon a perch sat a white dove with its head . and every morning laid a wreath of flowers by her mother's bed before she awoke. so brightly was it polished. Once when they had spent the night in the wood and the dawn had roused them.' Rose-red answered: 'Never so long as we live. Rose-red liked better to run about in the meadows and fields seeking flowers and catching butterflies. The two children were so fond of one another that they always held each other by the hand when they went out together. or read to her when there was nothing to do. and the other Rose-red. and the birds sat still upon the boughs. the roe grazed by their side. The little hare would eat a cabbage-leaf out of their hands. and bolt the door. and would certainly have fallen into it in the darkness if they had gone only a few paces further.white and the other red roses. Snow-white and Rose-red kept their mother's little cottage so neat that it was a pleasure to look inside it. the stag leapt merrily by them. they saw a beautiful child in a shining white dress sitting near their bed. She had two children who were like the two rose-trees. In the summer Rose-red took care of the house. in which was a rose from each tree. And when they looked round they found that they had been sleeping quite close to a precipice. but said nothing and went into the forest. The kettle was of brass and shone like gold. and their mother knew this and did not worry on their account. In the winter Snow-white lit the fire and hung the kettle on the hob. but came close to them trustfully. if they had stayed too late in the forest.' and then they sat round the hearth.

the dove fluttered. it was a bear that stretched his broad. children. or they took a hazel-switch and beat him. and were not afraid of him. children.' Rose-red went and pushed back the bolt. But the bear began to speak and said: 'Do not be afraid. One evening. he means well. and only want to warm myself a little beside you. and let the children amuse themselves with him as much as they liked. The bear said: 'Here. open the door. the bear said one morning to Snow-white: 'Now I must go away. They tugged his hair with their hands. and cannot come back for the whole summer. and when he growled they laughed. and he stretched himself by the fire and growled contentedly and comfortably. laid himself down by the hearth. someone knocked at the door as if he wished to be let in. Rose-red. the mother said to the bear: 'You can lie there by the hearth. and Snow-white hid herself behind her mother's bed. they are obliged . But the bear took it all in good part. the bear will do you no harm. Rose-red.' As soon as day dawned the two children let him out. as they were thus sitting comfortably together. The mother said: 'Quick. and they got so used to him that the doors were never fastened until their black friend had arrived. and played tricks with their clumsy guest. it must be a traveller who is seeking shelter. In the winter. Henceforth the bear came every evening at the same time. dear bear?' asked Snow-white. and by-and-by the lamb and dove came nearer. Rose-red screamed and sprang back. and then you will be safe from the cold and the bad weather.' said the mother.' Then she cried: 'Snow-white. thinking that it was a poor man. when the earth is frozen hard. 'lie down by the fire.' 'Where are you going. and the others went to bed. It was not long before they grew quite at home. only take care that you do not burn your coat. 'I must go into the forest and guard my treasures from the wicked dwarfs. but it was not. black head within the door. I will do you no harm! I am half-frozen. Rose-red. come out. When spring had come and all outside was green. and he trotted across the snow into the forest.' 'Poor bear. only when they were too rough he called out: 'Leave me alive. put their feet upon his back and rolled him about. 'Snow-white.hidden beneath its wings. Will you beat your wooer dead?' When it was bed-time. knock the snow out of my coat a little'.' So they both came out. so they brought the broom and swept the bear's hide clean. then. the lamb bleated.

'why should you fetch someone? You are already two too many for me. but now.' Snow-white was quite sorry at his departure.' said Rose-red.' said Snow-white. There they found a big tree which lay felled on the ground. it was caught too fast. but the cursed wedge was too smooth and suddenly sprang out. 'I will help you. I had just driven the wedge safely in. and come out to pry and steal.' and she pulled her scissors out of her pocket. 'I will run and fetch someone. . and was soon out of sight behind the trees. and cut off the end of the beard. does not easily see daylight again. and lifted it up. milk-faced things laugh! Ugh! how odious you are!' The children tried very hard. when the sun has thawed and warmed the earth. The end of the beard was caught in a crevice of the tree. but she was not sure about it. and the tree closed so quickly that I could not pull out my beautiful white beard. The little bit of food that we people get is immediately burnt up with heavy logs. and what once gets into their hands. and everything was going as I wished. they break through it. prying goose!' answered the dwarf: 'I was going to split the tree to get a little wood for cooking. but they could not make out what it was. He glared at the girls with his fiery red eyes and cried: 'Why do you stand there? Can you not come here and help me?' 'What are you up to. little man?' asked Rose-red. The bear ran away quickly.to stay below and cannot work their way through. we do not swallow so much as you coarse. and did not know what to do. and as she unbolted the door for him. greedy folk. and close by the trunk something was jumping backwards and forwards in the grass. 'You stupid. and went off without even once looking at the children. A short time afterwards the mother sent her children into the forest to get firewood. and it seemed to Snow-white as if she had seen gold shining through it. but they could not pull the beard out. Bad luck to you!' and then he swung the bag upon his back. and the silly. so now it is tight and I cannot get away. he caught against the bolt and a piece of his hairy coat was torn off. sleek. and the bear was hurrying out. and which was full of gold. and the little fellow was jumping about like a dog tied to a rope. and in their caves. to cut off a piece of my fine beard. grumbling to himself: 'Uncouth people. 'You senseless goose!' snarled the dwarf. can you not think of something better?' 'Don't be impatient. When they came nearer they saw a dwarf with an old withered face and a snow-white beard a yard long. As soon as the dwarf felt himself free he laid hold of a bag which lay amongst the roots of the tree.

for he was forced to follow the movements of the fish. As they came near the brook they saw something like a large grasshopper jumping towards the water. I wish you had been made to run the soles off your shoes!' Then he took out a sack of pearls which lay in the rushes. and without another word he dragged it away and disappeared behind a stone. As soon as the dwarf had recovered from his first fright he cried with his shrill voice: 'Could you not have done it more carefully! You dragged at my brown coat so that it is all torn and full of holes. There they noticed a large bird hovering in the air. flying slowly round and round above them. 'Where are you going?' said Rose-red. As they crossed the heath again on their way home they surprised the dwarf.Some time afterwards Snow-white and Rose-red went to catch a dish of fish. They ran to it and found it was the dwarf. 'you surely don't want to go into the water?' 'I am not such a fool!' cried the dwarf. Immediately they heard a loud. The girls came just in time. and at last settled near a rock not far away. and laces and ribbons. . They ran up and saw with horror that the eagle had seized their old acquaintance the dwarf. There was nothing to do but to bring out the scissors and cut the beard. and slipped away again under the rock into his hole. it sank lower and lower. as if it were going to leap in. and was going to carry him off. I cannot let myself be seen by my people. at once took tight hold of the little man. the fish kept the upper hand and pulled the dwarf towards him. but all in vain. and was in urgent danger of being dragged into the water. who had emptied out his bag of precious stones in a clean spot. but it was of little good. When the dwarf saw that he screamed out: 'Is that civil. whereby a small part of it was lost. It happened that soon afterwards the mother sent the two children to the town to buy needles and thread. you toadstool. piteous cry. The children. they held him fast and tried to free his beard from the line. went on their way and did their business in town. to disfigure a man's face? Was it not enough to clip off the end of my beard? Now you have cut off the best part of it. you clumsy creatures!' Then he took up a sack full of precious stones. and unluckily the wind had tangled up his beard with the fishing-line. The girls. He held on to all the reeds and rushes. The road led them across a heath upon which huge pieces of rock lay strewn about. full of pity. a moment later a big fish made a bite and the feeble creature had not strength to pull it out. who by this time were used to his ingratitude. 'don't you see that the accursed fish wants to pull me in?' The little man had been sitting there fishing. and pulled against the eagle so long that at last he let his booty go. beard and line were entangled fast together.

but the bear called to them: 'Snow-white and Rose-red. but he could not reach his cave. and he did not move again. and they stood before her window. for mercy's sake eat them!' The bear took no heed of his words. But they were best (and universally) known for the collection of over two hundred folk tales they made from oral sources and published in two volumes of 'Nursery and Household Tales' in 1812 and 1814. do not be afraid. were born in Hanau. who had stolen my treasures. and a black bear came trotting towards them out of the forest. ***** The Brothers Grimm. Although their intention was to preserve such material as part of German cultural and literary history. and although Wilhelm's work was hampered by poor health the brothers collaborated in the creation of a German dictionary. 'and I was bewitched by that wicked dwarf. Throughout their lives they remained close friends.' he said. but gave the wicked creature a single blow with his paw. and Rose-red to his brother. near Frankfurt. Come. and their collection was first published with scholarly notes and no illustration. what do you want with such a slender little fellow as I? you would not feel me between your teeth. for the bear was already close. and his ashen-grey face became copper-red with rage. they are tender morsels for you. and when he came up to them suddenly his bearskin fell off. She took the two rose-trees with her. The evening sun shone upon the brilliant stones. they glittered and sparkled with all colours so beautifully that the children stood still and stared at them. The dwarf sprang up in a fright. in the German state of Hesse.' Then they recognized his voice and waited. The old mother lived peacefully and happily with her children for many years. 'I am a king's son. Now he has got his well-deserved punishment. Snow-white was married to him. The girls had run away. Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859). Then in the dread of his heart he cried: 'Dear Mr Bear. and both studied law at Marburg University.and had not thought that anyone would come there so late. and every year bore the most beautiful roses. I will come with you. I will give you all my treasures. clothed all in gold. the tales soon . wait. look. spare me. and they divided between them the great treasure which the dwarf had gathered together in his cave. white and red. the beautiful jewels lying there! Grant me my life. fat as young quails. 'Why do you stand gaping there?' cried the dwarf. not completed until a century after their deaths. I have had to run about the forest as a savage bear until I was freed by his death. and he stood there a handsome man. Jacob was a pioneer in the study of German philology. take these two wicked girls. He was still cursing when a loud growling was heard.

came into the possession of young readers.' They have been an essential ingredient of children's reading ever since. who made the first English translation in 1823... selecting about fifty stories 'with the amusement of some young friends principally in view. The End. . This was in part due to Edgar Taylor.

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